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Aims announces plans for new Allied Health & Sciences building

Submitted on: 05-30-2006

GREELEY — Aims Community College plans to build a new flagship building on the college’s Greeley campus. The $18 million building will house the Allied Health and Sciences programs and is expected to be completed by Fall 2007. Conceptual plans call for 65,000-plus square feet of technologically enhanced laboratories, classrooms, offices and common areas that will be equipped with wireless Internet connection. Ten academic programs including Nursing, Certified Nurse Aide, Surgical Technology, Radiological Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Assisting, and Natural Sciences including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology will be housed in the new building. “Our Allied Health and Sciences programs have nearly tripled in size and scope since 2003,” President Marsi Liddell said. “This new construction will provide an appropriate venue for our emergent health professionals, the majority of whom – nearly 80 percent – stay right here in Northern Colorado.” The building will be funded through certificates of participation and philanthropic donations. A $1 million donation from the Monfort Family Foundation has been pledged as a matching donation, which will provide for technological enhancements, including digital X-ray equipment in the Radiology department, simulated patients for the Nursing and EMS programs, and video equipment installed throughout the laboratories to provide students with immediate debriefing opportunities after running skills tests. "We're very excited about Aims bringing this endeavor to Greeley. Healthcare jobs pay a good wage, and healthcare professionals are so critical to our growing community,” said Dick Monfort, board member of the Monfort Family Foundation. “Bringing this facility to Aims is a perfect fit, and we at the Monfort Family Foundation encourage all of you in the community to join in and make this happen." The cutting-edge laboratories are designed as interchangeable simulated working environments, such as an emergency room, the back of an ambulance and a typical home, where first responders often find themselves assisting patients. Along with the new building, Aims plans to renovate Ed Beaty Hall, bringing the Arts and Communications programs to one central location and upgrading equipment and facilities including art and multi-media studios, a theater, an art gallery and computer science labs. “We anticipate two phases of the project,” Liddell said. “We’re hoping for the Allied Health building to be ready for occupancy by fall 2007 and the Beaty renovation to be completed by 2008.” For more information, call the President’s Office at 339-6211 or the Aims Foundation at 339-6556.



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