LINCOLN, Neb. The 107,000-square-foot building will be built with both state and private funds and represents a partnership between the two institutions to better serve students, open new opportunities for efficiencies and expand university programming in a critical workforce area.
"This will be our first home that we finally get to claim and call it our own," said Samantha Burns, graduate student at UNMC.
It will be built on City Campus, along Antelope Valley Parkway near 19th and S streets, and will be divided between the health center and nursing college space.
"We are happy to finally have the space we need for our students," said Tom Mason, Administrator at UNMC.
One half – 54,000 square feet – will replace the current health center for students at Nebraska with a state-of-the-art clinic with programmatic capacity to expand health-care services and to consolidate Counseling and Psychological Services into one location. The other half will house the new 53,000-square-foot UNMC College of Nursing facility, which will allow UNMC to attract more students to meet the state’s need for nurses.
Site work began in November and the new building is expected to open in July 2018.
"It will be nice to accommodate the health center needs as well as ours and save money at the same time," said Mason.
The new health center also will provide medical, dental and physical therapy clinic areas designed to current standards of care, with infrastructure to house contemporary health-care technology. Nebraska Medicine, UNMC's primary clinical partner, employs physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other staff for the University Health Center.