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11.15.13Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for University of Scranton Project

SCRANTON – The University officially broke ground on its new eight-story, 116,000 square foot Center for Rehabilitation Education at a ceremony on November 14. The state-of-the-art $47.5 million facility incorporates the latest technology and teaching/learning environments for the University’s departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science.

The center is also designed to facilitate research, expand service-learning projects, and put the best simulation environments, applied-science laboratories, equipment and technology directly in the hands of students and faculty.

Three pediatric laboratories, focused on the physical, mental and emotional development of children, are among the 25 laboratories in the center. The facility also includes an assisted daily living simulated neighborhood with an apartment, garage, grocery store and street, and simulated hospital patient rooms for acute and long-term care. The state-of-the-art human physiology laboratory integrates the use of the latest technologies, such as iPads, digital cameras, and other information resources.

The signature building incorporates limestone, native stone and glass to complement the architecture of nearby buildings and includes a portico from Leahy Hall, the former YWCA. An area of the first floor will highlight the history of Scranton’s YWCA, which was once located on the building site.

An abundance of natural light and an open modern design provides inviting common spaces. The universal design of the center will accommodate all visitors. It also includes a forum for lectures and events that can accommodate seating for 260 guests.

The center, which includes a green roof and patio, is designed for and will be constructed in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for certification.

The rehabilitation center was designed by a team of local architectural firms – Hemmler +Camayd and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, assisted by Higher Education Research Associates (HERA), a nationally recognized expert in designing rehabilitation program space. Quandel Construction Group Inc., Scranton, is the construction manager.

The expected completion date for the project is the summer of 2015.

at a ceremony on November 14. The state-of-the-art $47.5 million facility incorporates the latest technology and teaching/learning environments for the University’s departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science.

The center is also designed to facilitate research, expand service-learning projects, and put the best simulation environments, applied-science laboratories, equipment and technology directly in the hands of students and faculty.

Three pediatric laboratories, focused on the physical, mental and emotional development of children, are among the 25 laboratories in the center. The facility also includes an assisted daily living simulated neighborhood with an apartment, garage, grocery store and street, and simulated hospital patient rooms for acute and long-term care. The state-of-the-art human physiology laboratory integrates the use of the latest technologies, such as iPads, digital cameras, and other information resources.

The signature building incorporates limestone, native stone and glass to complement the architecture of nearby buildings and includes a portico from Leahy Hall, the former YWCA. An area of the first floor will highlight the history of Scranton’s YWCA, which was once located on the building site.

An abundance of natural light and an open modern design provides inviting common spaces. The universal design of the center will accommodate all visitors. It also includes a forum for lectures and events that can accommodate seating for 260 guests.

The center, which includes a green roof and patio, is designed for and will be constructed in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for certification.

The rehabilitation center was designed by a team of local architectural firms – Hemmler +Camayd and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, assisted by Higher Education Research Associates (HERA), a nationally recognized expert in designing rehabilitation program space. Quandel Construction Group Inc., Scranton, is the Construction Manager.

The expected completion date for the project is the summer of 2015.