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Apr 28, 2008    #038
Contact: John Austin
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UMKC Health Sciences Building wins 2008 Cornerstone Award Newest addition to UMKC Hospital Hill Campus recognized for architectural, economic significance

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Building has been awarded first place in the Public Projects category of the 2008 Cornerstone Awards presented by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City. The award was announced at the annual Cornerstone Awards Luncheon on April 22, 2008, at the Airline History Museum at Wheeler Downtown Airport.

A state-of-the-art example of the successful combination of form and function, the $50.2 million facility opened in fall 2007 and features more than 225,000 square feet of classroom, lab, research and office space for the UMKC Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy. University leaders hope the addition of the new building will help alleviate workforce shortages through increased capacity both for health care professionals and research scientists.

“The design and the location of the new UMKC Health Sciences Building provide the perfect cornerstone for UMKC’s Hospital Hill Campus,” said UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey. “To receive the EDC’s Cornerstone Award is especially fitting. It is an honor and a tribute to all of the people who contributed to the success of this project.”

For more than 20 years, the EDC has been recognizing the best Kansas City economic development projects with the annual Cornerstone Awards. The Cornerstone Awards honor capital investment, new building, equipment technologies, employment increases (especially in minority hiring) and improvements to neighborhoods and/or business districts, including housing, amenities and capital improvements.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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