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Media Coverage of Renovation
University Record, October 31, 2006: "A Healthy New Crossroads" photos from the opening ceremony
The seven-story, 125,000 square-foot facility integrates with two major existing SPH buildings, which are finishing major renovation. Together they create a self-contained complex that houses the schools varied research, teaching, and service programs, as well as the public health library.
Both a literal and metaphorical crossroads, UM SPH stands just a short campus walk from UM's schools of medicine, business, public policy, law, nursing, natural resources, and social work.
The innovative design and state-of-the-art technology of the new and renovated SPH facilities better enable faculty and students to address today’s top public health priorities, including new genetic technologies, the financing of health care, the globalization of health, public health preparedness and the prevention and treatment of infectious disease.
Read the remarks of Centerbrook architect Jeff Riley from the opening ceremony, explaining design elements and concepts behind the SPH Crossroads and Tower design.
Ground was broken October 23, 2003, at the UM School of Public Health. A literal as well as metaphorical "crossroads," the new facility will allow for greater collaboration among departments, research centers, faculty, students, and communities of all kinds, and will enable students across departments to exchange ideas with each other and with colleagues throughout the world. Shared teaching spaces will be more centralized, and opportunities for research will multiply.
At the groundbreaking, from left: Chasity Wellnitz and Rebecca Danhof, co-chairs of the Public Health Student Association; Noreen Clark, SPH dean; Mary Sue Coleman, UM president; Paul N. Courant, UM provost; Kimberlydawn Wisdom, surgeon general of the state of Michigan and an SPH alumna; and Martin Philbert, senior associate dean for research-designate at SPH. (Photo by Paul Jaronski, UM Photo Service)
"From the beginning, we have conceived the school's new building complex as a crossroads of intellectual activity, of research and teaching, of academe and community," said Noreen M. Clark, Marshall Becker Professor of Public Health and SPH dean during the building's planning and groundbreaking. "This concept reflects the school's longstanding tradition of interdisciplinarity and heralds our future direction. As disciplines begin to share perspectives, they will change. Contributing old disciplines will grow stronger, and new disciplines will evolve. The Crossroads is designed to foster these ends at their optimum."
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