On May 13, 2013, The University of Memphis broke ground on a Community Health Building
which will house the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the School of Communication
Sciences and Disorders on the University's Park Avenue Campus.
With 177,000 sq. ft., the building will accommodate more than 1,100 nursing students,
70 faculty and staff, and nearly 130 graduate clinicians, clinical and research faculty
and staff in communication sciences and disorders.
The four-story building will feature a primary care education suite for advanced practice
nursing education, a 170-seat auditorium and lecture hall, a new home for the Memphis
Speech and Hearing Center, and research, health assessment and skills labs.
Donors contributed more than $15 million in private support in order to qualify for
$45 million in matching funds from the state of Tennessee. The Community Health Building
was a priority capital project in the University's $250 million Empowering the Dream
Centennial Campaign, which is set to conclude June 30.
The Community Health Building will impact the economic strength of the immediate community,
as well as the physical health of individuals in the Mid-South and West Tennessee
for years to come.
Construction should begin by this fall and take about two years, said Tony Poteet,
assistant vice president for Campus Planning and Design.
The University of Memphis is the flagship institution of the Tennessee Board of Regents
System. Founded in 1912, it is recognized nationally for its academic, research and
athletic programs. Today the U of M educates more than 22,000 students, and it awards
more than 4,000 bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees annually.
Home to the largest honors program in the state, it also is ranked in the Top 10 for
Student Internships by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visitweb0.memphis.edu.
Click here to watch a video of the groundbreaking ceremonies.