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Groundbreaking to be held for Health and Social Services building

A groundbreaking ceremony for New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services building will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, south of Memorial Tower.

ans for a new building began in 1992. The college had grown and its departments are so dispersed there is no opportunity for collaboration," said Dean Jeffrey Brandon. "The new building will facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration."

Funding for the new building includes $2 million in university funds, $5 million in general obligation bond revenues approved by voters in 2000 and about $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2003 and should be completed in 2004.

The 59,520-square-foot building is designed to incorporate the existing Memorial Tower, near the northern edge of campus.

The tower, built in the 1950s as a memorial to Aggies who had served in U.S. Armed Forces, will be reinforced and the first level will be established as a study lounge and memorial. The second level of the tower will house a 900-square-foot computer lab.

"It is a university vision to incorporate the tower and we're happy to have it as part of our new building," Brandon said.

The building will house the college dean's office and the Department of Health Science, the Department of Nursing and the School of Social Work.

"Classrooms and research areas will be specialized for these departments' needs," Brandon said. "Having these offices and programs under one roof will allow for today's team approach to health care education."

For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, call the college at (505) 646-3526.

Julie M. Hughes
Nov. 26, 2002