The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) held a ceremony on Friday distinguishing the groundbreaking for its new Integrated Health Sciences building.
Taggart Architects are conducting the planning and architecture for the building, and Nabholz Construction is the general contractor. The $37.7 million primary funding for the construction project has been provided through a bond appropriation by the UCA Board of Trustees.
The new facility will be the home to the UCA School of Nursing, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation.
The building will stand four stories tall and encompass 80,000 square feet.
According to the press release, the first floor of the building will be home to the Interprofessional Teaching Center, which will be utilized by the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. The Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation will be on the third floor, a “state-of-the-art” simulation lab that is more than double the size of the school’s current simulation lab’s specs. The other two floors of the building will consist of classrooms and office space.
In a statement on Friday, UCA’s president Houston Davis says, “This new facility will have an immediate impact on the nursing shortage in Arkansas by immediately providing room for 50 more nursing students. Since more than 90 percent of our health care graduates stay in the state to practice, this is very good news for Arkansans.”
The Integrated Health Sciences building is scheduled to open to students for the fall 2021 semester.