Molloy College broke ground June 17 on its newest academic building, the Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing, at the Campus Green adjacent to the Public Square building on the Rockville Centre, N.Y., campus.
The sustainably designed building will provide consolidated space for the nursing division, along with additional classroom and meeting areas. The new structure will include specially designed nursing laboratories, a telepresence room, a computer laboratory, simulation rooms and a healing garden.
Over the last 10 years, college enrollment has increased by 80%, but instructional space has increased by only 18%, Molloy President Drew Bogner said in a news release. It is clear that in order for us to continue to grow and thrive we must add more teaching and learning space to the campus footprint. This will enable us to offer additional academic opportunities and provide a richer campus experience for all of our students. It is in that spirit that we plan to construct a new state-of-the-art academic building.
The new nursing center, which is the result of a capital campaign that began in June 2013, will serve as the primary home for the colleges nursing program. Much of the $24 million for the construction of the 50,000-square-foot building and other campus improvements came from alumni and friends of the college, according to the release.
The new state-of-the-art facility will enable us to provide even greater educational opportunities to our students and, ultimately, to their patients, Jeannine Muldoon, RN, PhD, dean of the colleges division of nursing, said in the release.
The center will be named for Hagan, a local nurse who posthumously received an honorary degree in May at Molloys commencement.