Aug 2, 2014

A New Era Begins with Academic Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Faculty, staff, students and community leaders gathered Aug. 2 for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of our new Academic Center.

The Academic Center, nestled between the D’Angelo Library and the Student Activities Center, is a state-of-the-art facility housing two large lecture halls, as well as rooms for smaller breakout sessions and training. It is the start of KCUMB’s five-year, $60 million Campus Master Plan, which will create a state-of-the-art medical and health sciences campus for the future. View our photo gallery.

The Academic Center is the first of several initiatives to improve our campus and realize KCUMB’s vision to become the most student-focused medical university in the nation. It is one of many steps we are taking to improve our campus, provide our students with the best training facilities, and make a visible and significant commitment to our Northeast Neighborhood.

By renovating the former Weaver Auditorium space, KCUMB was able to complete the Academic Center for approximately $4 million less than the cost of new construction. A wall in the Academic Center will soon recognize donors to the building, and plaques from the original Weaver Auditorium seating are now affixed to students’ desks in the Academic Center.

In addition, 93 percent of the materials used in the original building were repurposed to ensure minimal waste was sent to landfills. Helix Architecture and Design, along with general contractor McCown Gordon, accomplished sustainability goals by sending original auditorium seats to other academic institutions, recycling wood for use throughout the building and reclaiming other building materials.

As a result of these efforts, the Academic Center is poised to become KCUMB’s first LEED-certified building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices, based upon four levels of certification. KCUMB has submitted the documentation necessary to apply for a LEED Silver rating.

For more information or to see progress on other portions of the Campus Master Plan, visit www.kcumb.edu/Future.