Melanie McCabe is the receptionist at the Wellness Center.

Wellness Center set to open, offering counseling and health services

The Wellness Center is set to open Sept. 10 on the second floor of the new Student Life Center, offering the first comprehensive student health services ever provided at USF St. Petersburg.

Counseling services will be available beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4. Health services, including immunizations and physicals, will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 10. The Wellness Center will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m.

Most services are free to students. Lab work and specialty referrals both require additional fees. Discounted rates will be offered whenever possible. Many insurance plans, including our university insurance plan, will be accepted.

Appointments can be made by calling 727-873-4422 Monday to Friday from 8a.m. to 5p.m. USF Tampa Student Health will provide the health services at the center.

For after-hours medical concerns, call the Nurse Advice Line at 727-873-4422.

The Wellness Center is the first part of the Student Life Center to be completed. Designed by Harvard Jolly architects of St. Petersburg and built by Mills Gilbane, the $2.9 million project transformed the Campus Activities Center into a two-story facility that will eventually include office space on the first and second floors for student affairs and student organizations.

Student Life Center staircase

Student Life Center renovation moving along

It seems quiet from the outside, but construction crews are hard at work converting the old Campus Activities Center into the new Student Life Center.

The project is on track for the first phase to open in time for the start of the fall semester Aug. 27, said Matt Jensen, the project superintendent for building contractor Mills Gilbane.

Designed by Harvard Jolly architects of St. Petersburg, the renovation will include the first student health clinic in USFSP history, along with space for student government, the Crow’s Nest and other student organizations.

The project will add approximately 9,000 square feet of space without changing the footprint of the building, which was accomplished by adding a second floor to the former gymnasium. The design includes an atrium as a gathering space natural light to the interior spaces.

USF Health will run the Wellness Center, which will offer psychological  and health services.