Cutting-Edge Health Lab Expands: Towson University's IWB Grows To 46,600 Sq Ft With Two New Locations
TOWSON - Towson University's College of Health Professions celebrated the grand opening of new facilities for its Institute for Well-Being (IWB) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 6.
The IWB, previously housed at One Olympic Place in Towson, has now expanded to two locations on York Road, offering a combined 46,600 square feet of space. The institute serves dual purposes: it functions as a cutting-edge interdisciplinary lab for Towson University students and also aims to improve health and wellness in the local community. The additional space will enable the institute to extend its reach through expanded programming.
"Our faculty, staff, and students have a transformative impact on families and enhance the quality of life for all who participate in our programs," Plowfield said at the ceremony.
One of the new locations at 7720 York Rd will house the Hearing and Balance Center, which has expanded its service area with more space allocated for evaluation and treatment rooms.
Meanwhile, the 7400 York Rd location has undergone extensive renovations to accommodate the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, the Occupational Therapy Center, and the Speech and Language Center. The layout improvements offer greater capacity for innovation and growth.
In addition to educational facilities, the new IWB locations also features dedicated areas for faculty and student research, enhancing the university's research capabilities and providing easier access to recruit human participants for studies. The research spaces are designed to encourage learning and innovation, focusing on topics of high relevance to health and quality of life.
"Initiatives such as this offer future pathways for new programs, especially when they are created to serve the public good – just as we have done with our recently launched Ph.D. program in Autism Studies," said Interim President Melanie Perrault.
The design of the new locations also considers the special needs of the audiences IWB serves. Increased parking and a large surface lot have been added to improve student, staff, and community access.
Generous donations have played a crucial role in the expansion of IWB services. Prominent donors include Doug and Therese Erdman, Ray and Pam Stinar, Tim and Susan Watkins, Dr. Vic Gladston, and Mary Saylor.
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