Set to open in 2018
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s new Health Innovation
Center is going vertical: the first steel column will be set today. The 30-foot-tall steel
column will be installed around 1 p.m., weather-permitting.
The new academic facility is set to open in 2018. It will be home to the College of Health
Professions and will also bring together experts from each of NKU’s six colleges, who
will create transdisciplinary teams to study health care from new perspectives.
The approach will combine data analytics, psychology, preventative care, and holistic
approaches to help address population health challenges such as addiction and chronic
illness. New academic offerings will include an addiction science program.
The project includes the renovation of Founders Hall, NKU’s second-oldest academic
building, and construction of a new adjacent facility on a 2.2-acre site on the northwest
side of the University’s Highland Heights campus. A groundbreaking ceremony was
held in October.
It is funded by $97 million allocated in 2014 by the Kentucky General Assembly. St.
Elizabeth Healthcare has also invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story,
state-of-the-art St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center, which will provide a hightech,
real-world learning experience for students.
Representatives of the University and the construction manager, Turner Construction
Co., will attend Tuesday’s event. The final steel beam is expected to be laid in late
August or early September, and a topping-out ceremony will be held at that time.
For more information, please visit hic.nku.edu.