NKU, Turner Construction celebrate 'Topping Out' of Health Innovation Center


University Marketing + Communications 

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Just eight weeks after the first column was erected, on Thursday morning the final steel beam was lifted into place atop the structure that will eventually become Northern Kentucky University’s new Health Innovation Center.

At a Topping Out Ceremony to mark the historic occasion, members of the campus community gathered to sign the final steel beam before it was lifted into place atop the frame of the new academic facility.

“It has been truly exciting to watch this new academic facility take shape on our campus, and we are pleased that students, faculty, staff, and our friends in the community joined us to mark this important milestone in the center’s journey toward completion,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns.

The new academic facility is set to open in 2018. It will be home to NKU’s College of Health Professions and will also bring together experts from each of NKU’s six colleges, who will create transdisciplinary teams to study health care from new perspectives.

The approach will combine data analytics, psychology, preventative care, and holistic approaches to help address population health challenges such as addiction and chronic illness. New academic offerings will include an addiction science program.

The project includes the renovation of Founders Hall, NKU’s second-oldest academic building, and construction of a new adjacent facility on a 2.2-acre site on the northwest side of the University’s Highland Heights campus. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 2015.

In 2014, the Kentucky General Assembly allocated $97 million to the project. St. Elizabeth Healthcare has also invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story, state-of-the-art St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center, providing a high-tech learning experience for students.

The facility is designed by CO Architects of Los Angeles and GBBN Architects of Cincinnati. The construction manager is Turner Construction of Cincinnati.