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Third building coming to Florida Campus; Clinic remodeling progressing

Building Three will be situated between buildings One and Two, and be adjacent to the campus lake. Its glass exterior design was selected to complement the appearance of the other buildings.
Computer rendering of third building

The Florida Campus of Palmer College of Chiropractic is growing … again. The Palmer Board of Trustees has approved a plan to construct a two-story, 14,000-square-foot building with a budget of $4 million. The new building will significantly expand support services for the campus’ nearly 750 students. Construction is expected to begin in early 2011, following approvals by the City of Port Orange.

This campus-improvement plan is a response to growing functional needs. The last time the campus was expanded was in October 2004, when construction was completed on a second classroom building to address the growing student body’s needs.

The new facility, tentatively referred to as Building Three, will provide flexible room formats suitable for student assemblies, large group seating, final examination testing, Homecoming activities and other campus events. It also will accommodate a relocated and expanded food service area, and the Bookstore.

“Realigning and expanding our space on campus, as well as in our clinic, allows us to offer services that we, quite simply, weren’t able to fully accommodate in the past,” says Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C. “As a result, we will be in a better position to serve our student population, which has grown at an incredible rate from the time we opened our doors in 2002.”

Clinic remodeling continues
Florida Campus Facilities employees David Stroud and Mark Fiorino put the finishing touches on new Module 1, which includes renovated adjusting rooms and a remodeled hallway.
David Stroud and Mark Fiorino moving equipment in hallway

In the meantime, the Palmer Chiropractic Clinic, located in the Allen Green Civic Center, is taking on a new look. The first phase of the project involved the remodeling of Modules 1 and 5 (now combined and referred to as Module 1), the adjoining corridor, radiology room and student study areas. These areas now have new ceilings, walls, carpeting, doors, cabinetry and lighting. The second phase of the project was completed at the end of September, and extended the same improvements to Clinic Modules 2 and 3, which have been combined and are now known as Module 2. Phase three of the construction remodel began in October, and involves making similar improvements to what is currently Module 4, which will then become Module 3.

In spite of the construction, the Clinic continues to operate uninterrupted through the use of temporary modules for treating patients. Phase four of the remodeling process will include remodeling of faculty and staff offices and Module 6, which will be expanded and become Module 4. The final phase will begin early in 2011 and includes remodeling of the business office area and corridor, including patient waiting areas.

Upon completion of the remodeling of clinic modules and the inclusion of the South Daytona Clinic, the Palmer Clinics will operate a total of five modules, all featuring modern equipment and furnishings in addition to increased efficiencies in the use of space.

“The clinicians, staff and students are all excited about the new facilities. We look forward to serving our patients in our more modern and efficient setting,” says Dean of Clinics Albert Luce, D.C.

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