Cleveland State Community College is preparing to break ground on its main campus’ first new classroom building in close to 45 years — a new Health Science Center. A groundbreaking for the …
Cleveland State Community College is preparing to break ground on its main campus’ first new classroom building in close to 45 years — a new Health Science Center.
A groundbreaking for the new building is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. The construction site will be near the intersection of Adkisson Drive and Norman Chapel Road, on what is currently a parking lot.
“We have been planning this for a really long time, and we are really excited about the groundbreaking,” said Dr. Bill Seymour, president of CSCC.
The Health Science Center will be home to the college’s nursing, medical assisting, paramedic and other health-related degree and certificate programs. It will also contain spaces for biology and microbiology students.
The two-story building, designed by BarberMcMurry Architects out of Knoxville, will span approximately 53,000 square feet. It is set to include multiple classroom and lab spaces designed with interactive features to help students develop their skills.
These include a medical assisting skills lab made to look like a doctor’s office, paramedic and EMT skills labs with ambulance simulators and a nursing lab designed to look like a hospital emergency room.
“This will be a much more state-of-the-art environment,” Seymour said. “The more you can simulate the real thing, the more prepared students will be.”
Other features include a microbiology lab, two biology labs, five general-purpose classrooms, a large multi-function classroom with retractable auditorium seating, a computer lab, a student lounge, faculty offices and more.
Seymour said the college worked with health science faculty to determine what the new building will have.
“I can hardly wait to see the space come to fruition and to see the classrooms and labs filled with students eager to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for becoming a nurse," said Nancy Thomas, director of nursing at CSCC.
Seymour said he has heard similar sentiments from others within the health science programs. With the last new classroom building having been built in 1974, faculty and students have been working in spaces not originally designed for today’s healthcare technology.
Site work for the new building is expected to start this October, and the building is expected to be completed by December 2020 — in time for the Spring 2021 semester.
After the new building is finished, CSCC also plans to make major renovations to its Mary T. Barker Humanities Building.
Both the new building and these renovations are being funded by $22.5 million in state funding paired with a $2.5 million in local matches. This includes private donations along with $250,000 from the Bradley County Commission and $250,000 from the Cleveland City Council.
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“I can hardly wait to see the space come to fruition and to see the classrooms and labs filled with students eager to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for becoming a nurse." — Nancy Thomas
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“This will be a much more state-of-the-art environment. The more you can simulate the real thing, the more prepared students will be.” — Dr. Bill Seymour
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