UD in Progress

Area colleges’ construction projects on course 

University of Dubuque students needing health services now have a one-stop-shop on campus for brain health and primary care needs.

The new Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center opened to students last week, featuring three brain health rooms, two medical exam rooms, a procedure room, lab and waiting area.

“It just makes it so much easier for them to access care, both medical and brain health, rather than having to try to find their way to a clinic,” said Regina Butteris, health center medical director.

Elsewhere in the area, other colleges have finished or are finishing their own renovation projects aimed at better serving students and other constituents.

“We all put in a lot of hours, a lot of work to get these projects … done, and the ones that are ongoing, to keep them moving,” said Pete Davis, director of facilities management at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

A welcoming space

At UD’s health center, students can access brain health services from a full-time provider and a married couple job-sharing another full-time position, Butteris said.

Physicians and physician assistants at the clinic can treat illnesses, assist with maintenance of chronic conditions, conduct wellness physicals and run basic tests for illnesses such as strep throat and the flu, among other services.

Early estimates put the construction project’s cost at $1.1 million

“It looks fabulous,” Butteris said. “It’s beautiful, definitely well equipped. I think we’ll be able to serve students very well here.”

Also at UD, the new Peter and Susan Smith Welcome Center is expected to open to students by mid-September.

The 17,000-square-foot building will house the offices of advancement and alumni engagement and of multicultural student engagement. The space also features six classrooms, a 110-seat auditorium and a welcoming space for prospective students and their parents, current students and alumni, said Thomas Hogan, UD’s senior associate vice president for enrollment in university relations.

The project was initially expected to cost $7.4 million.

“I think that students are going to find that it’s just a comfortable and welcoming space for them,” he said.