Radiology and Research
“One thing I want to make sure we don’t miss is that radiology will be in the new building,” Holstege, the executive director of Student Health and Wellness, said. “So, we can do chest X-rays, we can do extremity X-rays. That’s a great change.” Previously, students would have to visit the medical center for X-rays.
Holstege said he is also excited about the new research space in the building and the possibilities it presents. “There’s space for doctoral students to work with us,” he said. “We have epidemiologists that already work with us on data, and we have clinical research space.”
For example, Holstege and Dr. Erik Houpt have a leading role in a in a new, national COVID-19 study for college students.
“We are hoping to really lead in the country in studying the student population, and that from the efforts we make with regard to wellness and health and accessibility, we can learn from that and publish [more findings]. We’re working closely with all the schools on this and with our doctoral students or undergraduate students. And our trainees in the health system are benefiting from this because they’re publishing on this.”
The conduit for this work is the Student Health Office of Research Excellence, which also is embedded in Student Health and Wellness.
“This is a pretty big deal,” Holstege said. “And truly, we are the only ones in the country doing this. We named it [the Student Health Office of Research Excellence] because we see it as the entity that really protects the students, but also is the liaison with all the other schools [around the country] that do research with student populations. So huge, huge potentials here.”
While furniture and some fine touches are still coming, the new Student Health and Wellness building is open for business and officials encourage students to take advantage of the services and new student spaces. Leonard said students can bus, walk, scooter or bike to the new space, just off Jefferson Park Avenue.
“We are excited to share this new space and all it has to offer with all of our students,” she said.
The building project team includes UVA’s Office of the Architect and UVA’s Capital Construction and Renovations, as well as VMDO Architects, Duda|Paine Architects and Barton Malow builders.
The late Richard Sergi was the construction administration manager of the project. Sadly, Sergi died last month after overseeing the work.
“Richard was integral in leading the construction team and bringing the building to completion,” said Amy Eichenberger, a senior project manager in UVA’s Capital Construction & Renovations division.