Wingate University dedicated its newest building on the main campus at a ceremony held Aug. 4, home to the School of Pharmacy and the William and Loretta Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
The $16-million building is named to honor Leon and Sandra Levine. Mr. Levine attended Wingate University and is founder and chairman emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
The three-story building that houses the Levine College of Health Sciences is the second LEED certified building in Union County, and is expected to receive Silver LEED certification - a standard set for becoming a leader in energy and environmental design. The 67,000 square foot building was built by CM Black Construction Company, and recycled materials comprise more than 30 percent of content for the building.
It is also designed to meet the highest standards in teaching with three 90-seat classrooms, two 50-seat classrooms, clinical simulation labs, decision simulation labs, a physical assessment lab, a pharmacy practice lab, a parenteral admixture lab, a fitness center, food service, conference rooms, and a biomedical science library and drug information center. A Subway restaurant will be located on the first floor.
Equipped with interactive distance education technology, classrooms will be linked to all of Wingate’s graduate and professional programs in Hendersonville, N.C. The additional space provided by the new building will enable the pharmacy program to grow from 72 students per class to 90 per class and the PA program to increase from 20 students per class to a maximum of 50 per class.
The new facility will enable the University to serve more students as well as offer new programs in health sciences in the future, according to Dr. Jerry E. McGee, president of Wingate University.