Division of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Building


Health Sciences Complex Sketch


 
About the Building


About the Health Sciences Building
With the passage of the $3.1 billion higher education facilities bond referendum in November 2000, a long-held dream of an expanded health sciences campus in west Greenville moved a step closer to reality.

In 1982, the massive Brody Medical Sciences Building was built beside its teaching affiliate, Pitt County Memorial Hospital. This “west campus” of the university soon became the hub of advanced health care in eastern North Carolina.

But something was missing. The academic homes of nursing and allied health professions students remained in other parts of the university, yet the students received much of their clinical training on the medical campus. In addition, in the 1990s, the concept of interdisciplinary health sciences education — of training doctors, nurses and other health care providers to work effectively in teams — emerged and gained momentum. Health administrators began to talk of consolidation of all health sciences on the west campus.

The bond referendum for the University of North Carolina System and community colleges finally paved the way for that idea. Of the $190 million earmarked for construction and repair projects at East Carolina University, more than $61 million was designated for a unified health sciences campus. Approval at the polls was the go-ahead needed to build a state-of-the-art $58 million complex with classrooms, laboratories and offices for nursing and allied health sciences. A new Laupus Health Sciences Library will also be constructed adjacent to medical school property.

Early on, the project was dubbed the “learning village," a place where health professions students of all disciplines can learn, work and live. That concept was the central organizing principle used in the design of the new buildings and their orientation on the site.

The College of Nursing's new 84,000-square-foot building will be connected to the College of Allied Health Sciences and Health Sciences Library buildings through upper level walkways. The cluster of buildings will be separated at ground level, opening into common courtyard areas, which will give each facility its own identity.

The four-story Allied Health Sciences facility will consist of 127,000-square-feet and provide expanded laboratory and research space along with new classrooms and offices. The new three-story Laupus Health Sciences Library will be 71,000-square-feet.

Officials broke ground during ECU Founders Day activities in March 2004. The project was completed in 2006.