Beaver College of Health Sciences: Building the Future


Appalachian State Beaver College of Health Sciences building concept rendering

The new building that will house the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) will encompass 203,000 square feet and be constructed on a 9.2-acre parcel of land donated by one of our strategic partners, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). The footprint is adjacent to the Greenway Trail and is across the street from the Watauga Hospital, the flagship facility of ARHS.

Fourteen of the 16 existing programs in the Beaver College of Health Sciences will be housed in the new building including space for the Wake Forest Physician Assistant Program and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Institute for Health and Human Services. The new building will house high-tech and innovative classrooms, faculty offices, a student information commons and gallery, student advising and academic support, an interprofessional health clinic, food innovation and exploration labs, exercise physiology and human performance labs, nursing simulation and clinical innovation, rehabilitative science labs, human anatomy and physiology labs, human cadaver lab, and numerous problem-based learning classrooms.


Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences celebrates a milestone for High Country health care

Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences celebrated the half-way mark on construction of its new facility and honored workers with a topping ceremony in early June. More than 100 craftworkers and Appalachian leadership, community stakeholders, contractors and architects looked on as the final beam was lifted into place on the new health care facility. The "topping ceremony" is a tradition among builders and celebrates the hard work and courage of the high beam workers. The beam was carrying a celebratory evergreen, the U. S. flag and an Appalachian State University banner. Learn about the last year's accomplishments and how the facility will impact health care in the High Country from the university's chancellor, student workers, former and founding college Dean Fred Whitt and other stakeholders in the project.

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Time Lapse

Building foundation is finished and main structure of the building is started in this 5 month time lapse.


Live stream of BCHS construction: new building set to open August 2018

Appalachian State University is live streaming the construction of the Beaver College of Health Sciences’ new home across from Watauga Medical Center on Deerfield Road. The new health sciences campus will be completed in time to open for the Fall 2018 semester.