Vision for new building at MSU one step closer to reality

Vision for new building at MSU one step closer to reality

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State University officials got a look at how the new Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services will look once it is complete.

The 85,000 square foot facility will house five of the seven health sciences and human services departments.

Athletic Training will remain at the D.L. Ligon Coliseum and the Criminal Justice department will expand in the nearby Martin Building.

College dean, James Johnston, Ph.D., is excited to see his vision become more of a reality.

"This new building will bring for example our simulation center on campus. It removes the siloing within the college among the departments. It encourages cooperation. (It) just delivers a completely different experience," Johnston said.

Johnston got a look at what the facility will look like once it is complete at the board of regents meeting last week.

The building will be four stories tall and much of it will be glass including some classroom walls. Johnston said this will allow for an 'on display' view of students working.

There will also be a large classroom on the first floor that can open up to the main lobby to double as an event space.

"The chance to build something like this that will stand for the next 15 to 20 years and to be a destination space for health science education, (it is) a tremendous honor for me at this point in my career," Johnston said.

Johnston said groundbreaking is expected this coming February. He hopes to have the building ready for students by December 2018 at the earliest.

The total project is costing $40 million. The building itself is costing a little under $30 million. The rest is going to be used to equip the labs.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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