Since its launch in 2008, the School of Kinesiology has never had its own building. But, starting this year, that will change. The E.H. Kraus Building, which is now the School of Kinesiology Building, has been under construction for the past two years. The $120 million project has created a home for Kinesiology students, with an exercise training center, an anatomy lab, an intraoperative neuromonitoring room and other technology advancements. On top of that, Kinesiology students, faculty, staff and research are finally under one roof.
There are many collaborative spaces and study areas throughout the building. The largest common area is on the second floor and can also be used for events. The seating is currently limited and spread out due to COVID-19 protocols.
The technological capabilities throughout the building are one of its best features. There are 24 labs and centers throughout the building containing different types of equipment. Some rooms, such as the high-bay labs, have motion capture equipment, while other rooms, like the Exercise Research Center, utilize wearable technology to track oxygen levels. In addition, there is a virtual operating room on the third floor.
Classrooms can be found on the second floor, which is primarily student-based. Some Kinesiology classes are being held in-person due to the need for students to have practice with certain programs, like the athletic training program. The distance-learning classroom is a unique feature used primarily for teleconferencing during classes. There are microphones surrounding the room, making it easier for students to participate during class.
The fourth floor is made up of research rooms and laboratories. An advantage of the new building is that the school’s research is housed in the same place. Students and faculty can take part in various projects in the laboratories and specialized observation rooms.
More equipment is scheduled to be installed in the months to come. Many Kinesiology students say they are excited about the opening of the new building. Kinesiology senior Drew Schafer enjoys the personal collaborative space as well as all resources that are now located in one building.
“Having it all in one location makes it easier for Kinesiology students to do everything they’re looking to do without having to go to different buildings,” Schafer said. “It’s just you in your little bubble working.”
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