Xavier's Health United Building-nicknamed the HUB-is scheduled to open in fall 2019. Located between University Station and the Commons Apartments, the $52 million facility, built in collaboration with TriHealth, will house a brand new rec center, an upgraded health and wellness center, and state-of-the-art classroom facilities and labs for five academic programs: Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Health Services Administration, Sport Studies and Radiologic Technology.
Here's what students will love most about the new building.
1. The Brand New Recreational Center
Plans for the new rec center include three indoor basketball courts for intramural sports, a three-lane running track overlooking those courts, three fitness studios, a four-lane indoor pool and recreational gym spaces for treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals and weight-lifting machines. Plus a cafe and locker rooms.
2. Views of Campus From the Rooftop Deck
The fourth floor of the building will be made up of a rooftop deck and innovation lounge where students and staff can collaborate on ideas and projects.
3. Improved On-campus Health Services
When the building opens, it will encompass all health-related elements of a Xavier students' experience, including a comprehensive primary care clinic and mental health center with counseling rooms, a pharmacy and wellness coordinators. And because of Xavier's partnership with TriHealth, students already have immediate access to dramatically increased and robust services available at the current McGrath Health and Wellness Center.
4. New Classroom Facilities and Labs
Academic spaces that use the latest equipment and technologies will accommodate 11 total new classrooms, 12 private study rooms, five lounges, five nursing simulation labs, three occupational therapy labs, two sports studies labs, a computer lab and a radiologic tech viewing space.
5. More Collaboration Between Students, Professionals and the Community
Think how an occupational therapist might work with an athletic trainer to help return an injured athlete to top condition, or how teachers, nurses and counselors can work together to help children be successful at school.
The building will provide those types of experiences to students from multiple majors and disciplines. With five academic majors housed in the building along with healthcare professionals, the students will be in close proximity to each other, allowing for collaboration and innovation to support better outcomes. In the process, they'll learn about each others' professions and how to be team leaders.
6. A Holistic Education Unlike Any Other in the Country
Aligning with Xavier's Jesuit value of Cura Personalis, the building itself is uniquely focused on caring for the whole person- mind, body and spirit. The Health United Building will serve 1,400 students academically from the College of Professional Sciences, along with students engaged in intramural sports and recreation, plus those seeking health and wellness services. Up to 25 percent of the campus might be in the building at any given time.
Take a look at some of the building mock-ups: