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SCO’s new building will be located on the expansive concrete patio space behind the college’s 11-story tower. Designed by Memphis-based Formus, Inc., the building will provide greater classroom space and flexibility, including enough room to accommodate campus-wide meetings and special events.
An atrium and grand hall will connect the new building to SCO’s existing tower. Laboratory and other teaching spaces will be moved to the tower’s first floor in closer proximity of the new building to support the curriculum needs of SCO’s four-year academic program.
“The students at Southern College of Optometry are grateful to the Plough Foundation for their support of optometric education here in Memphis,” said Stephanie Lew, president of the Student Government Association at SCO. “SCO students from across the country choose to come to Memphis because of the college’s outstanding reputation, and the Plough Foundation’s support will enhance SCO’s ability to continue to recruit top students with these new academic facilities.”
The college expects the building to be ready for use in August 2013. When completed, the building project will provide an additional 23,016 square feet of space. To finance the $9.4 million project, SCO has launched a five-year, $4 million capital campaign. An advance phase has already raised $2.3 million. SCO’s Board of Trustees will finance the remainder of the project through investments and cost-savings measures over the five-year period.
About Southern College of Optometry
Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis, Tenn., in 1932. SCO is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with more than 500 students and residents from 40 states. The Eye Center at SCO serves nearly 80,000 patients annually, helping make the college one of the top in the nation for clinical optometric education. SCO’s Community Outreach Program reaches more than 12,000 children through vision screenings provided annually to Shelby County students in public, private and charter schools. For more information on SCO, please visit www.sco.edu.
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