Wolverine brought its national Project Bootstrap campaign to the construction site of the University of Pikeville’s new Health Professions Education Building on Monday, August 29. The construction site is managed by Codell construction, and when completed will house the University of Pikeville’s new Kentucky College of Optometry.

Wolverine Bootstrap_3[1]Wolverine outfitted nearly 200 crew members on the site with free Wolverine DuraShocks work boots and apparel as well as lunch and other giveaways. The national Wolverine Bootstrap campaign, inspired by Wolverine’s innovative founder G.A. Krause, aims to partner with people and companies who are building the future and share Wolverine’s bootstrap values. Construction crews across the country are welcome to nominate their jobsites for a chance to win by visiting

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The University of Pikeville announced the Kentucky College of Optometry in 2014, a mission-focused endeavor to improve healthcare in Appalachia through access, opportunity and education. The 22nd school of optometry in the nation and the only one in Kentucky, KYCO is a continuation of the university’s strategic focus and long-term investment in the health sciences. Construction is nearing completion on the Health Professions Education Building. The approximately $65 million facility contains comprehensive, state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs and surgical suites that allow for hands-on training through virtual reality technology, simulation and standardized patient education. The building will enhance inter-professional learning opportunities for the university’s colleges of optometry and osteopathic and school of nursing.

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Codell Construction is a fourth-generation family owned corporation that has been serving the local community for over 100 years.

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