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"Topping Out" Ceremony to Celebrate Massive NKU Building Project

A "topping out" ceremony is planned for the Health Innovation Center at Northern Kentucky University.

The first column was erected just eight weeks ago and on Thursday, the final steel beam will be lifted into place. The Health Innovation Center is funded by a $97 million allocation from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The project will include construction of a new facility and the renovation of Founders Hall, the second-oldest academic building at NKU.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare contributed $8 million to the effort.

NKU and Turner Construction will hold a ceremony to mark the occasion. 

“It has been truly exciting to watch this new academic facility take shape on our campus,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns, in an announcement. “We hope that students, faculty, staff, and our friends in the community will join us to mark this important milestone in the center’s journey toward completion.”

The new academic facility is set to open in 2018. It will be home to NKU’s 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 facility is designed by CO Architects of Los Angeles and GBBN Architects of Cincinnati. The construction manager is Turner Construction of Cincinnati.

The public beam signing begins at 11 a.m. on the plaza in front of Griffin Hall. Brief remarks and the lifting of the beam will follow at 11:30 a.m. 

-Staff report

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