It’s official: Health center to be YouZeum

Sunday, May 22, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:44 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 24, 2009


The tangerine tubes that embrace the columns of the old Federal Building in downtown Columbia don’t remove asbestos but instead signal new life for an old landmark.


In a ceremony Saturday, former Olympian Bruce Jenner unveiled the new name — the YouZeum — and logo for the interactive health center that will occupy the building at 608 E. Cherry St. in the fall of 2006.


Before unveiling the new name and logo, Jim Ritter, chairman of YouZeum’s board of directors, also announced the launch of the community fund-raising phase of the project. Its target figure is $1.2 million, the balance of the project’s $5.2 million price tag.


“This is a chance for all businesses and individuals to make this center a reality,” Ritter said.


In the works for almost 14 years, the center will feature exhibits like a mock MKT trail and emergency room to educate the community about healthy lifestyle choices.

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