HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 31, 2015 – Ten years of phenomenal growth at High Point University has led to some of the most significant construction projects on campus since Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, took the helm in 2005. In addition to a new residence hall, amphitheater and Cottrell Hall, work is underway on the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy site, which will serve as a cornerstone for medical innovation.
A total of $150 million in construction, funded entirely by philanthropic investors and operating revenues, is underway. These projects bring more than 400 workers to campus each day. Frank L. Blum, the contractor for projects on campus such as Centennial Square II, has approximately 250 to 300 workers on site.
“It’s great to be part of something so transformational,” says Mike Lancaster, Blum representative. “Indirectly it impacts greater than 500 people in terms of paychecks every day that can be attributed to High Point University.”
The new Centennial Square II townhome community is helping to house HPU’s expanding student body this year, while Cottrell Hall, home to the Center for Student Success, has also recently opened as a hub of innovation and professional development on campus. Cottrell brings all aspects of experiential learning – Career and Professional Development, Internship Services, Study Abroad, Entrepreneurship Center, Sales Education Center, Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, and much more – together under one roof. This allows students to be exposed to the many offerings at HPU and understand how to interpret the value of their experiences to future employers.
The investment in the facilities for School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy will fill the need for future health care providers and more. The School of Pharmacy, scheduled to welcome its first class in 2016, will be the only pharmacy school in the Piedmont Triad region. The School of Health Sciences currently houses exercise science and the new physician assistant program that began in June. It will grow to include a physical therapy program in 2017. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for providers in these fields will grow up to 38 percent by 2022.
“Our parents, alumni and philanthropic supporters know the value of an education from High Point University,” says Qubein. “They understand that here, we prepare students not for the world as it is, but for the world as it is going to be. We are grateful for their support throughout this journey. We have accomplished much at HPU, but the best is yet to come.”
Below is a list of major construction projects on the HPU campus. In addition to these, dozens of other renovation and maintenance projects were completed on campus this summer.
HPU Major Construction Projects:
- Cottrell Hall – This $22 million, 43,000-square-foot facility is funded entirely by parents and serves as a hub of professional development for students. It houses Career and Professional Development, Internship Services, Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, a Sales and Entrepreneurship Center, a Creative Commons that reflects today’s collaborative workforce, and more. A globe in front of the facility and international themes throughout reflect the 21st century global marketplace.
- A new amphitheater that seats 1,000 people for major events and concerts is almost completed at the rear entrance of Cottrell Hall.
- Centennial Square II, which houses 350 students, is the second townhome style community on campus. This $30 million project features 10 buildings in total, including a meeting house.
- The School of Heath Sciences and the School of Pharmacy is the single largest investment in HPU’s history. Both schools will be a housed in a state-of-the-art, $88 million facility that will include advanced biomedical research facilities, a cadaver lab, standardized client space that will record students’ interactions with patients to allow for critiquing, a medical simulation lab, and more. These schools will create approximately 100 new faculty and staff jobs and bring 700 new students to the city. This facility is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
- Kester International Promenade renovation – The Gene and Jane Kester International Promenade, which flies flags of the countries that HPU students represent, has been renovated and features inspirational quote markers from historic global leaders, in addition to sculptures of historical figures that are featured here.
- A new welcome center has been constructed at the corner of Centennial Street and Montlieu Avenue. It is the entryway to the future School of Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy facility.