Firelands breaks ground on Allied Health and Sciences project
BOWLING GREEN, O.—BGSU Firelands celebrated the start of the $15.75 million Allied Health and Sciences Project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 30.
The ceremony featured President Mary Ellen Mazey, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D–District 9), Ohio Rep. Chris Redfern (D-District 89), Ohio Sen. Randy Gardner (R-District 2).
The event marks the beginning of the construction phase of a project that began in 2010 when, recognizing the need for additional academic and student space, BGSU trustees approved a 25-year campus master plan for the Huron-based campus.
The Allied Health and Sciences project will fulfill immediate campus and student needs and accommodate the near-term growth of the college. It also represents BGSU’s commitment to help satisfy the growing need for the education of health care professionals in the community.
The Allied Health and Sciences Project will include a 12,700 square foot, two-story addition to the current North Building, providing critically needed laboratory spaces in the natural and physical sciences. It will expand upper-division course offerings that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and act as a catalyst for new bachelor’s degree programs.
The project will also include 35,000 square feet of renovations to the North and West buildings.
The newly remodeled, LEED-certified facilities will accommodate high-demand degree programs in nursing and allied health careers including radiologic technology, respiratory care, diagnostic medical sonography and health information technology, as well as supporting critical courses in the basic sciences.
Contractor bids for the Allied Health and Sciences Project are currently being reviewed; construction will begin in October. The new addition is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015, and renovation to the West Building will begin in 2016.