A journey years in the making began with one ceremonial step today, as dignitaries and university officials turned over shovelfuls of earth at the site of Central Michigan University’s new
Center for Integrated Health Studies.
“It turned out to be a beautiful day,” said Tom Masterson, dean of CMU’s
Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, as he welcomed about 100 guests to a tent rippling in the chilly morning under sunny skies.
Masterson, President George E. Ross, Board of Trustees Chairman William H. Weideman, faculty member Deborah Silkwood-Sherer and physician assistant student Fred Clifford spoke about the importance of the facility, scheduled to open for classes in January 2020.
College of Health Professions programs include
communication sciences and disorders,
environmental health and safety,
physical therapy, and
physical education and sport.
CMU officials and other dignitaries met today to break ground on the Center for Integrated Health Studies.
Dean Tom Masterson addresses the groundbreaking, which marks the official start of construction on the $26 million facility.
President George E. Ross discusses the building, which at two stories and 50,000 square feet will house new labs, technology, classrooms and more.
Faculty member Deborah Silkwood-Sherer speaks about the need for the center, which addresses growing demand for health professionals nationwide.
Officials ceremonially turn over the turf to launch construction that will continue through fall 2019.
Scheduled to open for classes in January 2020, the facility will rise on this site just west of the Health Professions Building.