SVSU Unveils $28M Health Sciences Building 8-16-2010 - WNEM TV 5

SVSU Unveils $28M Health Sciences Building 8-16-2010

Saginaw Valley State University held a ceremony to dedicate its new Health and Human Services building Monday morning.
The $28 million facility will have nearly 90,000 square feet of floor space for 12 classrooms, 13 laboratories and office space when it opens for students Monday, Aug. 30.
The university said the labs feature state-of-the-art equipment that essential for graduates who will treat patients.
"As a physician, I see the importance of highly trained health care professionals every day," said K.P. Karunakaran, M.D., chair of the SVSU Board of Control. "This new facility will provide students with the highest quality education and preparation."
The building’s nursing labs also include mannequins outfitted with the latest computer technology to exhibit a variety of symptoms.
“Our field evolves incredibly quickly and the equipment and technology advance at a rapid rate,” said Josh Ode, assistant professor of kinesiology. “This facility will provide our students with a tremendous opportunity to gain an advantage when they go into the field.”
In addition to its educational features, the building was constructed using a green aqua-thermal heating and cooling system.
The environmentally friendly technology works to heat and cool the building by transferring heat through an underground loop to the coils which are submerged in the ponds.
In the summer, the loop transfers heat away from the building, which is absorbed by the pond. In the winter, the loop draws upon the latent warmth of the water to return heat.
It is expected to save the university about $85,000 per year in energy bills.
More than 2,000 SVSU students have declared majors in Health and Human Services, school officials said.
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