Hawkeye's New Health and Wellness Gives Students More Options, Educational Programs

By: Andrew Wind, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Date Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2011

WATERLOO, Iowa --- The construction workers have left, staff members have moved into their offices and now students have arrived.

Hawkeye Community College this week opened the doors of its newest building, the Health Education and Services Center. Several classes have started, and students are beginning to use the exercise facilities and make appointments at the clinic.

Situated on the campus' northwest corner, the 46,400-square-foot, two-story center is made of brick, glass and steel. The structure will house two new medical-related programs and the criminal justice program.

In addition, physical education classes will be held in the building, which has a gym ringed with a running track.

Hawkeye's expanded wellness center --- including weight-training and aerobics rooms --- and student clinic also are part of the $7.73 million facility.

The building features natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby and mezzanine area as well as the outer walls of classrooms and two corner conference rooms. It's among the building's energy-efficient and environmentally friendly design elements.

The center also is heated and cooled with a geothermal system using groundwater.

The health clinic, which has its own entrance at the southwest corner of the building, includes two examination rooms, a lab, a mental health counselor's office and a nurse's office. It offers free primary care services, and nurses can write prescriptions.

Ten classrooms are contained on two floors surrounding the gym.

Galen Howsare, vice president of administration and finance, noted that the gym, wellness center and aerobics room also serve as classrooms.

"From our vantage point, we've really added 13 teaching spaces," he said. Read more...

Thumbnail photo by Rich Chase, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Video of the Health Education and Services Center