UF begins construction of state-of-the-art student health center building
Courtesy of UF Santé
BY CECILIA LUNA
Renewing its long-standing commitment to student welfare, the University of Florida is building a new home for its Student Health Care Center, or SHCC. The state-of-the-art 46,000 square foot facility will focus on comprehensive healthcare needs, just steps from where students live and learn.
Currently under construction, the $ 26 million building is located on Stadium Road, west of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center and south of the future site of the Florida Gators football training center. Scheduled to open in late 2022, it will house all the functions provided by the current center on Fletcher Drive.
“This new, state-of-the-art facility will advance the Student Health Care Center’s mission to help every student achieve optimal health and excel academically, while creating a much-needed space to serve our growing student population.” said Charlie Lane, senior vice president and chief operating officer at UF.
The new facility will represent the university’s first structure built using the WELL building standard, a roadmap for creating and certifying spaces that advance human health and well-being. Backed by scientific research, WELL promotes improved health by setting performance standards for design patterns, operational practices and policies.
“The SHCC building was designed to create an environment that supports a culture of well-being to positively affect those who work or visit the facility, as well as the entire campus,” said Ronald Berry, MD, director of Student Health Care Center. .
In addition to designing a building that will meet the health and wellness needs of the campus community, the planners have provided space to expand the space for future growth and improvement of UF programs and services.
The facility will house a new infectious disease unit designed to safely treat patients with airborne infections, making the building one of the first in the country to integrate such a unit.
“Following the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has determined best practices for security measures within our facility, and we can incorporate these measures into the design of the new building, allowing us to be well equipped. for any future infectious disease. epidemic, ”Berry said.
Other units and departments housed in the building will include primary care, sports medicine and acute care, women’s clinic, nutrition, auxiliary pharmacy, x-ray and laboratory services, and on-going physiotherapy services of the UF. Health Rehab Center. SHCC Psychiatry will move to the new Counseling and Wellness Center building.
“The University of Florida has been committed to protecting the health and well-being of its students since the original infirmary was established over 100 years ago,” said Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA, Dean of UF College of Medicine. “The new SHCC will be one of the most unique student health centers in the country and will provide an ideal environment for our providers to meet the unique health needs of our student body. “
The facility will include common areas overlooking the wellness terrace and a wellness “heart” courtyard, encouraging informal gatherings, interaction and sharing of ideas among users.
To further promote interaction and exchange, the new building will include a multi-purpose space designed to host special events and programs for students, faculty and staff. The room will include a demonstration kitchen for nutrition lessons and presentations.
“We are delighted that the new SHCC building is the first WELL building on campus,” said Berry. “Due to the requirements of the WELL concept, which promote integration and an interconnected community, we will have more opportunities to interact in a targeted manner and more frequently with our larger UF community to support student health. “