The University of Northern Iowa broke ground Friday for its new Human Performance Center.
Administrators as the Cedar Falls school say the Human Performance Center will support the research and public services programs of the UNI School of Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services. The center’s being built in partnership with local health officials and administrators say it will provide experience for UNI students, student-athletes, and more medical options for residents of the community.
Professors at UNI say the center will allow students to study with orthopedic physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers in one facility. Plus they will have access to the modern technology, research equipment, human cadavers and other equipment — something they say few schools offer to in their athletic training programs.
The $7 million project is funded by federal money and lease agreements as well as university and private funds. It’s expected to be completed in December 2007. UNI president Ben Allen says the center is an important addition to the university.