The front entrance of the Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences. Click on the image for a full view. Photo by Marie Freeman
Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences was one of several major construction projects completed at Appalachian State University to enhance the App State Experience.
The project supports the strategic plan of App State and the university’s goals and metrics associated with the University of North Carolina System’s strategic plan. It benefits students, academics and the community.
At the time of its opening, Levine Hall — located at 1179 State Farm Road, across from Watauga Medical Center — was the largest capital project to date in App State’s history. It was the first completed project as part of the $2 billion Connect NC Bond referendum approved by voters in March 2016.
A ribbon-cutting for the facility took place Sept. 21, 2018. Five of the six departments in the Beaver College of Health Sciences are housed in Levine Hall: Rehabilitation Sciences, Public Health and Exercise Science, Nursing, Nutrition and Health Care Management, and Social Work. The Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education remains in Holmes Convocation Center.
In early 2019, new collaborations and clinical services for rural Western North Carolina opened to the public in Levine Hall through the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) Interprofessional Clinic, part of App State’s Blue Cross NC Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS). The student-operated training clinic provides clinical space, scheduling, billing and electronic health record support to a number of affiliated clinics, including App State’s Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic, Music Therapy and Psychology clinics, some of which continue to operate in University Hall. The Wake Forest PA program also began its classes in the new building in January 2019.
In November 2019, the facility won a 2019 Building North Carolina Award in the Public Project category based on design, innovation and impact on the community.
How is it funded?
Levine Hall was funded through the Connect NC Bond project, plus a $5 million commitment from The Leon Levine Foundation for the building and furnishings.
Who will benefit?
Individuals benefiting from the Levine Hall project include the nearly 3,500 students in App State’s Beaver College of Health Sciences, who can study in a state-of-the-art facility that enhances collaborative efforts across the disciplines and fosters a patient-centered practice model. Also benefiting are the people of North Carolina — many in rural areas — who receive clinical services provided by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC IHHS Interprofessional Health Clinic and by App State’s well-prepared graduates working in their communities.
How does it support UNC System Goals and Metrics?
App State can produce more graduates in the health sciences, one of the identified critical workforce areas for North Carolina.
Major current projects:
Major completed projects:
- Dining Facilities Renovations — Roess Dining Hall and Trivette Hall
- University Bookstore Renovation
- Residence Halls
- Child Development Center Expansion
- Kidd Brewer Stadium — North End Zone
- Career Development Center relocation
- Sanford Hall Renovation
- Blue Ridge Way
- NPHC Plots and Garden
- Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences
- Founders Plaza
An aerial view of areas receiving millennial campus designation at Appalachian State University. Video by Marie Freeman