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JBU Breaks Ground on $6M Health Sciences Building

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John Brown University broke ground Monday on a $6 million Health Sciences Building scheduled to be complete by fall 2016.

The building will include three classrooms, four exam rooms with computer-operated, interactive mannequins that simulate urgent care scenarios for student education, two health assessment labs, a computer lab, offices and study lounges, according to a news release from JBU. 

The new facility will be located between the Balzer Technology Center and Bell Science Hall on campus.

JBU, located in Siloam Springs, is constructing the 20,000-SF nursing facility as part of a university project called JBU’s Campaign for the Next Century

The seven-year campaign, which began privately in 2012, aims to raise $35 million in scholarships, $30 million for facilities, $10 million for academic endowments, $25 million in estate gifts for future endowments and $25 million for future projects and operating support.

JBU first began working to create a nursing program in 2011 and in fall 2014, 35 students began pre-nursing classes and will complete their freshman-sophomore prerequisites in spring 2016. 

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