THE Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU) couldn’t have picked a more auspicious date for the groundbreaking ceremony of its PVL Building.

On Feb. 2, 2022, the CDU officials announced their expansion plans, starting with the 14-storey PVL Building which was named after CDU founder Potenciano V. Larrazabal.

With Dakay Construction and Development Corp. at the helm, the PVL Building is slated for completion in 2023, in time for the institution’s 50th anniversary. The new building is meant to accommodate more enrollees, thereby continuing CDU’s mission of producing quality graduates and helping the community.

With this expansion, CDU will soon offer more courses, even non-healthcare ones like education and engineering to further make a difference not just in the country, but globally.

The vertical campus is designed to stand the test of time and withstand any natural calamity. Apart from lecture rooms and laboratories, the PVL Building will also feature basketball courts, a jogging path, bike racks, a botanical garden and a helipad, among others. It has a gross floor area of 98,233 square meters, 3,065 square meters of which will be spaces for lease on the ground floor. It will dedicate its basement up to the sixth floor for parking, with over 900 slots for cars and over 800 for motorcycles.

The medical library and the graduate school will be on the 12th floor. A party room will be put up just below where the helipad will be.

Two main stairs, four fire exit stairs and eight elevators will be provided for the students, faculty and guests.

The green building will also have rainwater catchment, natural lighting, cross ventilation and an urban garden around the building perimeter from the second to the sixth floor.

“Throughout the years, we’ve been producing quality graduates and topnotchers, so that’s really a testament to our quality. In the past few years, we’ve been limited to a certain number of enrollees because the main building is full. So we conceptualized this building in 2017 and with this, we can increase the number of our graduates and then add more courses including non-health-related so that we can give our formula of creating quality graduates, and in effect, help the community, not just in Cebu, not just in the Philippines, but globally, as evidenced by our quality alumni all over the world,” said Dr. Philip Anthony S.D. Larrazabal, CDU president and chairman of the Board of Directors.

CDU has close to 6,000 students enrolled across all programs it offers including undergraduate and graduate programs, senior high school and medicine.