Lehigh University breaks ground on HST building in US
October 30, 2019 – Lehigh University has broken ground on health, science and technology (HST) building in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US.
The 195,000ft² HST building, the future home of the College of Health, will support innovative research and encourage an interdisciplinary culture.
Lehigh University said that the new facility is one of the initiatives of its Path to Prominence plan, by which it intends to expand and be placed among the best and most distinguished universities in the world.
The new facility is expected to be opened in 2021 and will provide modern, flexible research and teaching space for faculty working in the university.
Lehigh University president John Simon said: “When he founded Lehigh, Asa Packer insisted it offer both a classical and technical education.
“You could say he was interdisciplinary before interdisciplinary was cool. It is fitting then that we celebrate the Heath, Science and Technology building on Founder’s Day Weekend.
“HST will be a flagship building for interdisciplinary research while serving as the home of our new College of Health.”
Located on the northeast corner of the campus, the building will provide a gateway into the campus. It will include space equipped with the latest technology and media options, for community gatherings and forums.
Lehigh University chair of the board of trustees Kevin Clayton said: “Fittingly, this building is being designed to be able to evolve and change, so that down the road we can adapt to the challenges of the future.”
Lehigh University provost and vice president for academic affairs Pat Farrell said: “The building’s innovative designs, and the College of Health’s unique approach to population health research and education, were informed by the hard work of many members of the campus community over the course of several years.
“The ideas and contributions of those faculty and staff were instrumental in the development of both the building and the college.”