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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790
CEDAR CREST COLLEGE OPENS HAMILTON BOULEVARD BUILDING WITH NURSING DEPARTMENT AND COLLEGE-WIDE CLASSROOM FACILITIES
Renovations to Former Office Building Top List of Capital Improvements to Campus Facilities
Allentown, PA (October 10, 2007) - Cedar Crest College announced today that the recent acquisition and renovation of a 33,000 square foot building at 2901 Hamilton Boulevard has been completed and is the new home of the College's nursing department, human resources department and college-wide classroom facilities.
This summer, a multi-million dollar renovation process began at the facility, the site of the former Hamilton Professional Center, which will contain the College's human resources department, nursing department facilities - including labs, a conference room, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, and a food-preparation area. The additional classroom and meeting spaces in the building will be flexible to accommodate the needs of faculty and students from all departments on campus.
As part of Cedar Crest's continuing goal of meeting national needs, the College has taken steps to combat the national nursing shortage with innovative programming and enhanced nursing learning facilities.
"Since the implementation of the year-round nursing program in spring 2001, the program has more than doubled in size and achieved great academic success," says Elaine Deutsch, executive vice president of finance and administration at Cedar Crest. "The addition of this facility to our campus will consolidate the program under one roof and offer a state of the art educational environment for nursing students. It also provides much-needed classroom, office and meeting spaces for the entire college community."
Upon completion, the building will include the following educational resources and facilities:
- The Office of Human Resources
- Three state-of-the-art, multimedia labs, including a Health Assessment Room, a Maternal and Pediatric Lab, and an Adult Health Room;
- a fully equipped, 10-bed nursing unit that simulates a hospital environment;
- a SimMan center, with two, adjacent SimMan laboratories, separated by a control/observation room, with two computer stations;
- a Community Health Lab set up to replicate a home-care environment;
- 6 classroom/meeting spaces for use by all programs of study, 4 of which are separated with movable panels to allow the space to be altered to fit a variety of sizes of audiences depending on need.
- A computer lab;
- Two student lounges; and
- A faculty lounge
In addition to the renovations at the Hamilton Street Building, the College has made a number of other capital improvements to campus this summer.
A former nursing lab in Butz Hall is being transformed to house student government offices, and other student-centered programs and clubs. Exact usage is being determined through a student-led planning process. Another former nursing lab in the Miller Family Building is becoming a physical science lab - a lab that is important to the growth of the College's new Masters in Forensic Science program. The Miller Family Building will also enjoy the creation of a new student lounge.
The art department will return to newly renovated ceramics and printmaking facilities and the College's collection of art by Toshiko Takaezu will be on display in a new sculpture garden in the Pool Science Center.
Many of the College's facilities are being updated to meet handicap accessibility standards including, new ramps and railings, and Moore Residence Hall will receive new furniture in all of its rooms.
For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.