UM breaks ground on treatment, research center
ST. PAUL, MINN. — The University of Minnesota (UM) is planning a $14-million horse treatment and research center that will house a riding arena, research barn, surgical suites and treadmills.
The 66,000-square-foot facility "will feature the best in diagnostic technology and equipment, research programs, learning opportunities therapy and treatment," says College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Jeffrey Klausner.
A public groundbreaking took place in August, and completion is expected in fall 2007. The UM Board of Regents approved the plan June 8.Rafferty, Rafferty, Tollefson architects of St. Paul designed the center and is working with Gralla Architects, an Oklahoma firm that has designed many world-renowned equine complexes. The facility, which will be built in the northeast section of the University of Minnesota campus, will allow the university to offer horse owners an integrated, research-based care for their animals. The university will be able to evaluate, diagnose and treat diseases, conditions and injuries more easily and effectively.
Equine Center Director Dr. Stephanie Valberg, says the center "will be the cornerstone of our partnership with the horse community. Few other facilities in the country will offer more resources for horse owners. It will be a home to innovative equine research, comprehensive clinical services, new undergraduate equine curriculum, and the We Can Ride therapeutic riding program."
The center continues to seek private donations, with $4.62 million raised to date.