Construction of health pavilion now underway

Health_Pavilion_Construction-3Photo: It may be difficult to visualize the completed project now, but it will be clearer in the fall of 2015, when the new facility (on Hanna Avenue between Mathews and State) opens its doors.

A host of city and state officials were on hand June 19 when the University broke ground on its four-story, $28-million UIndy Health Pavilion. A pair of special announcements punctuated the event.

“What we’re celebrating today is about relationships and about our connection to the city,” said President Robert Manuel. “We’ve always been a university of and for Indianapolis, and I am so grateful to everyone here today for their advice, for their creativity and for their efforts in designing what will be an incredible academic and community center in Indianapolis.”

The 160,000-square-foot structure will be the home of UIndy’s nationally respected programs in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, kinesiology, athletic training, and social work, as well as the Center for Aging & Community. State-of-the-art labs, classrooms, and meeting areas will promote multidisciplinary collaboration, research, and development of new academic programs. The space will include clinical facilities and a rehabilitation gym to serve the community and give students experience working with patients.

Annis gift, role in state health network announced

The groundbreaking ceremony included two special announcements. First, a $250,000 gift from the R. B. Annis Educational Foundation will help to equip and support programming in the health pavilion’s planned 140-seat auditorium. Dan Yates, trustee of the R. B. Annis Educational Foundation, said of the Foundation’s gift: “The late Robert B. Annis and the University of Indianapolis have had a long successful history of supporting education for students and supporting the community, beginning decades ago when Robert Annis and his fellow Sciencetech Club leaders began to produce the Central Indiana Science Fair on campus.

“When the University brought an opportunity to the Foundation to support programming in the Health Pavilion, the Foundation’s trustees felt this to be a unique opportunity to honor Robert Annis’s memory. We are very proud the new auditorium will bear the name R. B. Annis Auditorium.”

UIndy also has been selected to operate, from this new space, the Metropolitan Indianapolis/Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, part of a statewide network that recruits and prepares healthcare professionals to work in underserved Indiana communities.

The UIndy Health Pavilion, a major step forward in the revitalization of University Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods, is part of the University’s five-year, $50-million development initiative.