The University of Connecticut received approval to undergo a $14 million expansion and renovation of the school of nursing that will provide state-of-the art classrooms and examination labs for students at the main campus in Storrs, Conn. The 15,800-square-foot wing on the east side of Storrs Hall will include a large lecture hall, a case-study room with 175 seats, a modern simulation lab, and broadcasting capabilities for remote learning. Construction is expected to begin in 2010 with a tentative opening date scheduled for fall 2011.
The emphasis in the new wing will be on the creation of public and student spaces, such as a simulation laboratory and teaching labs, nursing school Dean Anne R. Bavier, RN, said in a news release.
Planned renovations for the existing building include improvements to the roof, windows, and flooring. A 4,000-square-foot modular building the school of nursing has been using to meet the demand for classroom space will be dismantled. Money for the project will come from the UConn 2000 program, a $2.3 billion, 20-year state investment in the universitys infrastructure.Anne R. Bavier, RN
The new wing also will feature a large, central entryway and reception area showcasing the Josephine A. Dolan Collection of Nursing History. The entryway was designed so that people can see the breadth and depth of how nursing has evolved. It will be something that will draw people in, something they might usually go to a museum to see, E. Carol Polifroni, RN, associate dean for the nursing school, said in a news release. The addition itself was designed so that our students can maximize their environment so they can learn to be the best nurses they can be.
For information, visit www.nursing.uconn.edu or call 860-486-3716.