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Ground Breaking for New Small Animal Teaching Hospital and Educational Wing is Dec. 9
The Auburn University Board of Trustees and President Jay Gogue will be part of the ceremonies on Thursday, Dec. 9, as the college breaks ground on the New Small Animal Teaching Hospital and Educational Wing. Activities begin at 2 p.m. on the lawn of Overton/Goodwin marking the spot of the upcoming 34,000-square-foot classroom building expansion. A reception follows inside.
Construction begins in December with spring 2012 as the targeted completion date. Three new classrooms, each seating up to 150 people, and small-group meeting and conference rooms will be part of the expansion. Beginning fall semester 2011, the class size will increase from the current 95 to 120, with additional students drawn from the nonresident national pool. Their tuition will help fund the new teaching hospital and educational wing.
Phase two – construction of the New Small Animal Teaching Hospital – is expected to be complete in 2014. The new hospital will feature approximately 200,000 square feet of clinical, examination, and client-use space. The design will offer environmental, earth-friendly advantages over the current space, including more efficient heating and cooling capabilities. Funding for the new hospital is being provided by tuition revenue and both individual and corporate donors.
CVM faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the Dec. 9 ground breaking. “This marks the beginning of a construction project that will span over three years and expend over $70 million,” said Dean Boosinger.