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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 19, 2014) — The University of Indianapolis will break ground Thursday morning on new health facility with a focus on serving the community.

The UIndy Health Pavilion will be a four story, 160,000 square foot building on the southwest corner of Hanna Avenue and State Street, across from the campus football stadium.

The concept of the pavilion is to integrate faculty and students into providing health services for the public.

Physical therapy, kinesiology, athletic training, psychology and social work courses will have space in the building. There will be clinical services for the public to use and for students to learn in a hands-on way.

“Part of the vision is to bring those programs together and have them interact with the community and provide clinical services, healthcare, nutrition, wellness services for our community and connect the community needs with the academic interest of the university,” said University President Robert Manuel.

The $28 million facility falls in line with the university’s five year, $50 million plan to improve the south side of Indianapolis, Manuel said.

“All the projects we’re doing: the library redo, the science labs, town homes, the science center, are to benefit the community, the academic environment, the student experience, and to make sure they’re connected more,” Manuel said.

Thursday’s groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. Mayor Greg Ballard is expected to attend. Construction will begin this summer with the pavilion opening by the end of August 2015.