The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 11 AM.
UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen says the 46,000 square foot academic facility is a collaborative effort between UNK and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha to meet the growing demand for primary and rural health care.
“This is where we’re bringing seven professional programs from the medical center out,” Kristensen says. “They’re going to increase the quality and size of the nursing program here and this building is high-tech. It’s been a couple of years in the making. The board of regents are excited. The medical center, I know, is excited.”
Public tours will be offered after the ribbon-cutting, which Kristensen says may create an unusual, yet welcome dilemma for the university.
“We’re going to have such a high demand for visitors,” he says. “We’re probably going to have to regulate who can come in and see the building after we get started, because it’s going to be a working, operating building, obviously.”
Funding for the project was made possible through a 2012 Nebraska Legislative appropriation, through the university-wide Building a Healthier Nebraska initiative and private donations.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney