A $30 million, 45,000-square-foot addition is coming to Elmhurst University’s campus: the new Health Sciences Building. University officials said this space will be a multidisciplinary hub for learning and innovation for the nursing, public health, occupational therapy, and communication sciences and disorders programs.

In October, university officials and community leaders gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking, symbolizing the beginning of this new era for the university.
Chair of the Elmhurst University Board of Trustees, Hugh McLean, noted that this is the first major addition to the campus since 2008.

“For the last 15 years, we’ve been waiting for another opportunity to break ground and do great things,” McLean said.

Elmhurst Mayor Scott Levin congratulated the University, noting “the prestige that this University brings to our city.” In return, Elmhurst University President Troy D. VanAken thanked the city for their support and continued alliance, noting the “teamwork, collaboration and partnership” required of such an undertaking.

“[The Health Sciences Building] will show the world how we’re continuing to prepare our students for success; and how they will one day contribute to improved health care for our communities,” VanAken said.

The new facility will include a simulation space, a virtual reality lab, a speech-language-hearing clinic, as well as classrooms, offices and labs. In addition, it will house the Jans Center for Veterans, a resource center for student veterans and students actively serving in the military.

Diane Salvador, dean of the School of Health Sciences, said these new technologies and facilities will change how faculty teach and students learn.
The building is expected to be completed by the spring of 2025. ■