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Health Sciences Center

Health Sciences Center conceptual rendering

Health Sciences Center Initiative

We are on the brink of an exciting new opportunity – the construction of a Health Sciences Center that can support our growing Health Sciences curriculum. The building will be a recognized center for research and entrepreneurship in Health Science studies; creativity in wellness and health; and will link the adventure of the unmatched outdoor world of Durango to the field of Health Sciences and the pursuits of our student-athletes.

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The plan includes 42,000 square feet for:

  • New classrooms and lab space for Health Sciences, including an adaptive exercise lab
  • New study and gathering spaces
  • New women’s varsity locker room
  • Faculty and staff offices

How you can help

Your gift makes possible a game-changing teaching facility, improves our ability to recruit students to campus, and provides a better academic and collegiate experience to improve our retention. It will increase our ability to recruit and retain the very best faculty, and it helps to meet the looming work force needs in health care.

Colorado Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

A gift to the Health Sciences Complex of $250 or more qualifies for the Colorado Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and a generous 25% tax credit. Cash gifts qualify for the 25% credit, while gifts of appreciated assets, such as stocks and securities, qualify for 12.5%. Learn more

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The Health Sciences Department

FLC’s newly formed Health Sciences department is one of our fastest growing programs, containing the following areas of study:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise & Health Promotion
  • Nutrition Science
  • Public Health
  • Sports Administration
  • Coaching

Health and well-being, nutrition science, exercise science, physical therapy, and other areas of study enjoy an organically occurring link to real world application and clinical study at Fort Lewis College. This new building will be the arena for study AND application of knowledge.

The facilities

Whalen Gymnasium and Skyhawk Hall are the current home for Health Sciences and Skyhawks Athletics. Overall, the facilities are tired and dated. Classes and labs have been forced into inappropriate and unaccommodating overcrowded spaces. Worn amenities, offices made from closet and storage spaces, lack of common areas for student collaboration and learning, lack of lab space, and more all cloud Fort Lewis College’s desired reputation as a center for high-altitude study and training, world-class athletics programs, and excellence in the health sciences fields.

Perhaps even more enlightening is to compare Fort Lewis College to the likes of competing higher education institutions. The choice for potential students, faculty and administration is vast in this nation consumed with health, fitness, athletics, and well-being. Durango is a known mecca for outdoor pursuits, health and wellness, yet the institution of learning grounded here remains behind in this area.

A single facility will allow Fort Lewis College to take advantage of commonalities and shared facilities to achieve space efficiencies and to reinforce the academic mission of the Health Sciences Department.

The funding

  • Total cost: $31,017,091
  • State of Colorado contribution: $27,915,381
  • Fort Lewis College fundraising goal: $3,101,710
  • 90% funded by the State of Colorado, pending legislative approval in 2020