At a meeting on Saturday, the A.T. Still University Board of Trustees approved a $26 million bond issue for constructing and equipping a new building on the ATSU campus located in Kirksville to establish the new Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health.
The new school located on the campus of ATSU will face Jefferson Street east of the existing University buildings.
The two-story, 61,000 square foot building will not only house the dental school, but will have space for the medical school students from ATSU Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The new building will be paid for from the bond issue approved by the board. In addition to the bond issue, the school will now stand-alone and will no longer be tied together with the highly successful Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.President of A.T. Still University Dr. Jack Magruder said the new building will be an iconic symbol in the city of Kirksville for decades to come.
"It is a beautifully designed building that will be the heart of this campus and when people drive by and take a look they are going to be totally impressed with the beauty of this building and when they go on the inside they will be very impressed with the way in which it's laid out for student learning. We are pleased about that, but I've been involved in several projects and this is going to be the most beautiful building in this community," said Dr. Jack Magruder.
Construction for the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2012.
The doors will open for the first round of students in the fall of 2013.
To view the press release from ATSU, click here.