WAU Breaks Ground on New $9.7 Million Center
By Donna Bigler
|Rendering of what the new Gail S. and Bruce E. Boyer Health Professions and Wellness Center will look like upon completion in 2017
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new $9.7 million Gail S. and Bruce E. Boyer Health Professions and Wellness Center took place on May 20 on the Washington Adventist University (WAU) campus in Takoma Park, Maryland. The project is an addition/renovation of the current Health Professions building, and is named after Gail and Bruce Boyer, major benefactors for the center.
When completed in the fall of 2017, the 20,794-square-foot Health Professions and Wellness Center will accommodate WAU’s health professions and science programs, along with community health programs and activities. The building will also provide opportunities for the university to partner with the city and county in offering wellness activities.
“This new facility will vastly enhance our ability to share our health and wellness knowledge and activities with the community, and we are very grateful to the Boyers and other donors who so generously contributed the funds that make this new center possible,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence.
Spence and WAU Provost Cheryl Kisunzu, along with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors — including the Boyers — celebrated the start of construction of the new center. They were joined by Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart; Adventist HealthCare President Terry Forde; Seventh-day Adventist Columbia Union Conference President and WAU Board of Trustees Chair Dave Weigley; other Adventist HealthCare and local government representatives; and members of the community.
The center will include eight classrooms, two fitness centers, a multipurpose room, five laboratories, 11 group and individual study areas, and 23 offices. Also included is a student lounge, faculty lounge, two conference rooms, two work rooms and two reception areas.
|On May 20, Gail and Bruce Boyer pose with their family at the site of the new Health Professions and Wellness Center at Washington Adventist University.
Photo by Ross Patterson
Funding for the new Gail S. and Bruce E. Boyer Health Professions and Wellness Center comes from the university’s annual Visionaries Gala fundraising event, the Boyers and other contributors, along with support from the Maryland Governor’s Office in the form of a $3.2 million matching grant.
The architect for the project is Hord, Coplan and Macht, and the construction company is Keller Brothers. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.
Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital.