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Gov. Timothy Kaine joined Old Dominion University President Roseann Runte and Dean Andrew Balas for a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the renovated Technology Building and its name change to the College of Health Sciences Building.

The facility underwent a $9.3 million renovation funded by the higher education bond referendum, which was overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2002 when Kaine served as lieutenant governor.

The renovation and a two-story 23,000-square-foot addition allowed the consolidation of the College of Health Sciences into one building. More than 1,800 students are enrolled in the college's programs in nursing, physical therapy, dental hygiene, environmental health, nuclear medicine, cytotechnology, community and public health and medical technology.

The 80,000-square-foot facility now features state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and office space. Special features include a 24-station dental hygiene clinic, which provides a practice site for students and a treatment center for the university and local community, a hospital ward, assessment and motion analysis labs, human diagnostic research center, fully mediated classrooms and labs, and student study and meeting areas.

The 288-seat University Theatre and box office, which are located on the building's first floor, also received a makeover.

This article was posted on: October 2, 2006

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