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Take an Exclusive Tour of the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences

On Thursday, April 13, members of the local media got a sneak peek at the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences, Moravian College's newest building. The 55,000 square-foot, $23 million structure is set to open in July. See the exclusive tour through our and the media's eyes:

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Lehigh Valley Live: New Moravian College building blends history with tech future

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BY SARA K. SATULLO  | ssatullo@lehighvalleylive.com

The design of the front of Moravian College's new health sciences building is a nod to its 275-year history while the rear looks to the school's future.

For months, the 55,000-square-feet Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences has been rising on Main Street as a new gateway to the east campus.

On Thursday, college officials offered a sneak peak of the $23 million building slated to open in July.

The exterior of the building is clad in a mix of modern glass, red brick and stonework that mimics Comenius Hall. On both sides, the design is anchored by a Dutch gambrel roof -- a feature popular in Moravian structures, college President Bryon Grigsby said.

Soon Moravian will hang a 500-pound, 8-feet-tall, glass Moravian star in a glass tower atop the third floor that will be visible from Main and Broad streets.

"We assume the star will be a beacon, a lantern for the area," Grigsby said.

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"An educational trendsetter"

Moravian College's new health sciences building is an attention-getter as well as an educational trend setter. The facade of the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences incorporates aspects of the college's 275-year history, including a 500-pound, 8-feet-tall, glass Moravian star in a glass tower atop the third floor. The soon-to-be-completed center will house the Lehigh Valley's first virtual cadaver lab; a 12-bed mock hospital ward with mannequins, on which students will practice; a two-bed simulation lab with robots that mimic real-life symptoms; and a labor/pediatrics simulation lab with a robot that delivers a baby. The center is named for Miksiewicz, a former Moravian trustee and CEO of East Penn Manufacturing, who was killed while jogging in 2014 by an impaired driver. A "no-shoe" lounge on the third floor, under the Moravian Star, will memorialize her fondness for kicking back and going barefoot, college President Bryon Grigsby said.