Belmont College

Belmont College to Build Health Sciences Center

St. Clairsville, OH (April 10, 2012) – Belmont College has commenced plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences building. The new building will be located on the 54 acres of property that Belmont College owns between Hammond Road and State Route 331 in St. Clairsville.

The Health Sciences building project will cost approximately $9.1 million; $6 million has been secured by Belmont College through House Bill 482, Capital Appropriations Bill for the higher education system of Ohio. The College will need an additional $3.1 million to reach the full amount required for design, site preparation, and construction.

“We are currently exploring a development strategy which includes funding support from corporate partnerships and the private sector, as well as other state and federal funding sources to acquire the additional funds needed,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs. “The Health Sciences building is the first step in implementing the Belmont College capital plan.  The administrative team at the College will immediately begin the planning and design process with an established timeline for completion.”

Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, Belmont College President, expressed his sincere appreciation to state law makers, “The College recognizes that this building project would not have been possible without support from legislators: Ohio House of Representatives - Jack Cera, Al Landis, Andy Thompson, and Ohio Senators Lou Gentile and Troy Balderson. “They believe in the vision we have for Belmont College and their dedication to realizing that vision is to be applauded.”   The full Ohio House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the proposed two-year, $1.7 billion capital appropriations bill (HB 482) in a bipartisan 93-2 vote on March 22.

Additionally, the capital bill passed the full Senate on March 28 by a unanimous 33-0 vote and was sent to Governor John R. Kasich’s office, where he signed the bill into law on April 3rd. The bill contains the recommendations of the Ohio Higher Education Funding collaborative that was endorsed by every public college president in Ohio and with the Governor’s signature will become effective in 90 days.

With the additional space, the Health Sciences building will accommodate all Allied Health programs including: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Medical Assisting, and Mental Health Technologies.  The Allied Health programs represent a significant portion of Belmont’s enrollment and therefore a Health Sciences building is a priority among the College’s facility needs.  The new building will house state-of-the-art classroom and science labs for biology, anatomy, and chemistry that will enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities for students to nurture collaboration and creativity.

"This building project represents a milestone in the development of the Belmont College campus," said Bukowski, "We are pleased that the Board of Regents and the State of Ohio have decided to invest in the future of our College, our faculty, and our students. The impact of having these new facilities will be felt, not only by those students who will receive their education here in the future, but also the healthcare sector, and community as well."

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