University of Michigan proposing new $50M facility for nursing school
A $50 million facility is in the works for the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
The school will propose the project to the Board of Regents at its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Michigan Union.
The School of Nursing's student body has grown 26 percent in the past 10 years —from 720 students in fall 2001 to 980 students in fall 2011— and the school plans to add an additional 40 faculty and staff over the next 10 years, according to U-M Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Timothy Slottow.
But to expand properly the school will need more space and an updated facility, according to U-M's proposal. The school's current building was a former hospital first built in 1913 and purchased by U-M in 1977.
"The existing building structure is suitable for individual offices, classrooms and research space, but has significant limitations to support contemporary education needs," Slottow wrote in a memo to regents.
The new 75,000 square-foot facility will include a clinical learning center with simulation and skill labs, simulated patient suites and some faculty and administrative offices.
The new building will be located at the intersection of Kingsley Street and North Ingalls Street, near the existing School of Nursing building.
Approximately 125 parking spaces will have to be cleared for the project, possibly making already crunched parking on U-M's medical campus even more scarce. Slottow said U-M will be "increasing parking in the medical center area and continuing to use transit service."
In the school's most recent capital outlay request to the State Budget Office, it said that the School of Nursing "is one of the university's highest capital project priorities" due to the "pressing faculty and space needs of the school."