WesternU’s 180,000-square-foot Health Education Center, part of a $100-million campus expansion project, opened Jan. 4, 2010, to students and classes. The new facility features two 356-seat lecture halls, small group learning rooms for the Interprofessional Education curriculum, teaching laboratories in dental medicine and optometry, research laboratories, commons areas, conference rooms and faculty offices. HEC houses the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Optometry and the College of Podiatric Medicine. Faculty and staff are expected to be fully settled into the building by the end of January. WesternU also has completed construction of a 600-space parking garage and is close to finishing a Patient Care Center, which will house a pharmacy, optometry clinic, outpatient clinics in osteopathic and podiatric medicine, and an outpatient dental clinic. All clinical areas will be open to the public.
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