BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - Bowling Green State University is looking at rebuilding and relocating its health services building and said it has found a way to save students money in the process.
BGSU said if it built a new health center on its own, student fees would increase. As a result, the university has decided to bring in an outside partner to build and operate the new facility to keep costs from rising.
Administrators said since the current health facility has been around since the 1960s, it is outdated and does not have enough space for all the campus' health needs.
BGSU is looking to build a completely new building in a different location either on or right next to campus. Once that is done, administrators said they will be able to add services they currently do not have, such as health specialists.
Over the next few months, the university will be interviewing potential partners and deciding who will build and operate the new facility. BGSU said this is the most cost-effective way to improve student services.
"The student body would benefit, I think, in the sense that we'd have a new facility, and hopefully the facility would be well located and would be convenient for them. And as a result of having a partnership, we'd be able to offer newer, additional services that we don't offer now," explained Dick Sipp, executive director of BGSU Center for Health.
The university hopes to complete the project by fall of 2013.