Media Contact: Kaarin Appel at 358-7528 to arrange advance visual opportunities in the Hearing & Speech Clinic and the Dental Hygiene Clinic or to meet with research scientists.

SPOKANE, Wash. — “Nothing else like it in the country.” That’s what the working scientists who helped design the new Health Sciences Building at Washington State University Spokane say about the research and education facility.

What Dr. C. Harold Mielke, director of the Health Research and Education Center, is talking about is the building’s 21,000 square feet of wet and dry labs designed to support research in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, reproductive biology, exercise immunology, human nutrition, infectious disease and more.

The 145,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The Hearing and Speech Clinic and Dental Hygiene Clinic will offer reduced-cost child screenings and cleanings in the morning. Tours are planned during the lunch hour. The Area Health Education Center, WSU/Spokane County Cooperative Extension, Intercollegiate College of Nursing, WSU Spokane and EWU student services and other programs will have booths and child activities in the main lobby from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The building also houses four Eastern Washington University programs, including dental hygiene, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and communication disorders as well as more than a dozen WSU Spokane programs including the Health Research and Education Center, Exercise Science, Health Policy and Administration, Pharmacy, Speech and Hearing Sciences and Human Nutrition and Dietetics, to name a few.

A public lecture on “Public Perceptions of Biotechnology” is set for Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Health Sciences Building, Room 110B, from 1-2 p.m. as part of the building’s grand opening activities. Thomas J. Hoban, a Phillip C. Holland Lecturer from North Carolina State University, will deliver the free lecture.

The Health Sciences Building is located on the Riverpoint Higher Education Park at 310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane. Parking will be offered at no charge to our guests for that day.

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HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING

Grand Opening Activities

Thursday, February 21, 2002
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lecture: “Public Perceptions of Biotechnology”
Presented by Thomas J. Hoban, Ph.D., a Phillip C. Holland Lecturer from North Carolina State University. Free and open to the public, Room 110B.

Friday, February 22, 2002
8:00 a.m. – Noon

Child screenings and appointments at the
Hearing & Speech Clinic and Dental Hygiene Clinic

*The Hearing & Speech Clinic is offering free hearing and speech & language screenings for all ages. Screenings take approximately 15-20 minutes each. Call 358-7580 to schedule an appointment.

*The Dental Hygiene Clinic is scheduling reduced-cost appointments for children ages 6 to 12. The $50 appointment (also accept DSHS CNP coupon) includes cleaning, dental exam, bite wing X-ray, and fluoride treatment. Call 368-6510 to schedule an appointment.

AHEC, MESA, WSU/Spokane County Cooperative Extension, Intercollegiate College of Nursing, & other units will have information and child activities in the main lobby. Come learn about what these programs offer to the community as well as WSU Spokane and EWU academic programs.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Public Tours will depart from the Health Sciences Building main lobby at noon, 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. and will take approximately 30 minutes.

Come see the brand new, 145,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility and the university programs housed there!

The Health Sciences Building is located on the
Riverpoint Higher Education Park at
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane.

Parking will be offered at no charge to our guests.

Call 358-7540 for more information or visit
www.events.spokane.wsu.edu .

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HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING
Washington State University Spokane
Riverpoint Higher Education Park
310 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
Spokane, Washington

·Size of Facility:
The Health Sciences Building contains approximately 145,000 gross square feet (gsf).
10,000 nsf – Wet Labs
11,500 nsf – Dry Labs
22,500 nsf – Dental & Hearing & Speech Clinics (not including office sq ft)
8,000 nsf – Classrooms
27,000 nsf – Offices, Reception Areas, Work Rms, Conference Rms, etc.
8,000 nsf – Study Areas & Other Miscellaneous Program Spaces

·The HSB facility houses WSU Spokane & EWU health science education, research, and public service programs. The programs are:
1. Area Health Education Center (WSU Spokane)
2. Child and Family Studies (WSU Spokane)
3. Dental Hygiene program (EWU)
4. Drug Information Center (WSU Spokane)
5. Exercise Science (WSU Spokane)
6. Health Policy and Administration (WSU Spokane)
7. Health Research and Education Center (WSU Spokane)
8. Human Nutrition & Dietetics (WSU Spokane)
9. Institutional Review Board-Spokane (WSU Spokane)
10. Occupational Therapy (EWU)
11. Pharmacy Practice (PharmD) and research (WSU Spokane)
12. Physical Therapy (EWU)
13. Spokane Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (WSU Spokane)
14. University Programs in Communication Disorders (UPCD – A cooperative WSU Spokane & EWU program; WSU degree is M.A. Speech & Hearing Sciences, EWU degree is M.S. Communication Disorders)
15. Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training (WSU Spokane)
16. WSU Spokane CityLab

·Total project cost:
$39 million (Construction funded by WSU Agricultural Trust Lands)

·Direct construction cost:
$25 million (approximate – including two parking lots)

·Student capacity:
775 FTE (approximate)

·Schedule
Groundbreaking – September 2, 1999
Construction Completion – September 2001
Furniture and Moveable Equipment Installation – Fall 2001
Occupancy – December 2001
Dedication – February 22, 2002