JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The construction continues at Arkansas State University as workers transform a historic building to something state-of-the-art.
Renovations are underway inside Wilson Hall.
The building is being retrofitted to accommodate the New York Institute of Technology Osteopathic Medical School.
The university shared a sneak peek of the improvements on their Facebook page Saturday.
According to Interim Vice Chancellor of Facilities, David Handwork, said the fourth floor is almost complete.
He said workers are now finishing sheet rock on the first floor and starting the first coat of paint.
Handwork said there are several new things students will see in the building including a gross anatomy lab, an osteopathic medical lab, ICC clinic rooms that look like real doctor's rooms, small group study rooms, two large classrooms and administration offices.
The project is expected to be complete this year, when the program will welcome around 120 medical students.
"We have scheduled from the get go a substantial completion date of mid-May. The contractor is going to achieve that," Handwork said.
When those medical students enter the doors of Wilson Hall, it will officially be the first Osteopathic Medical School in the State of Arkansas.
"We feel blessed and honored that we have the opportunity to work with New York Institute of Technology Osteopathic Medical School. This is going to be a very important function and feature for not only Arkansas State but Northeast Arkansas," Handwork said.
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