University Announces New $47.5 Million Center for Rehabilitation Education
The University in May announced plans for an 111,500-square-foot, eight-story center for rehabilitation education to provide a state-of-the-art facility for undergraduate and graduate programs in the Departments of Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
“The $47.5 million project will provide an advanced, modern facility to match the exceptional reputations already established by our physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science programs and will help grow these important academic departments,” said Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president of The University of Scranton. “In approving this project, the Trustees recognized the strength and strategic importance of these programs for the University.”
The center will be located on the southwest corner of Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street on the site that is currently occupied by two adjoining buildings that the University refers to as Leahy Hall. The signature building will be designed to incorporate limestone, native stone and glass to complement the architecture of nearby buildings. The center will provide classroom, research, office, clinical and meeting space. It will also connect to and create a unified entrance for McGurrin Hall, which houses the remaining departments in Panuska College – nursing, education, human resources, counseling and health administration – in addition to the Leahy Community Health and Family Center.
Physical therapy is the only doctoral program offered by the University, and these undergraduate and graduate programs are among the University’s most in-demand majors. The fields of occupational therapy and physical therapy are also among the nation’s fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. News & World Report listed occupational therapy and physical therapy among the top 10 “Best Jobs of 2012.” The expected completion date for the project is the summer of 2015.