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Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 12:44 p.m.

University of Michigan proposing new $50M facility for nursing school

By Kellie Woodhouse

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.


University of Michigan plans to build a new facility for the School of Nursing

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."

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


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Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 11:03 a.m.

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Kellie Woodhouse

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 12:36 a.m.

@kilroy -- I wrote about this dilemma in January. You can read the article here: <a href=""></a> Thanks for reading!


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

Many University employees working in the health care centers find themselves racing to find parking spots each morning, and many School of Nursing employees come to work earlier than their starting time just to find parking, and never leave for lunch or banking errands just to prevent losing their parking for the day. This lot in particular is always jam packed.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 1:54 p.m.

Almost 1000 students, adding 40 faculty, removing 125 parking spots from an admitted shortage of parking spaces. Hmmm what dosn't seem right about this? Not all are going to ride the bus that's a given, if you have kids, if you have a split class schedule where you have 1 class on 1 day or several hours in between, if you are working in a clinic somewhere. The univeristy has to add parking to these projects--


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

Looks to me like there are a lot of houses in that area-folks that live there are going to be subjected to a whole lot of construction noise and mess for a good long while.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

Most of the houses their are student housing and the more the university builds at least its not buying new land to shrink the tax base.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4:58 p.m.

Once again the UM proposes building facilities in the Medical campus without planning for parking. As a patient, I transferred my care off campus because the parking just got too bad. It is one of those things that doesn't count in the US News ratings system but is very important to patients.


Mon, Jun 4, 2012 : 5:28 p.m.

Parking should be for patients and actual caregivers... not billing, research folks, non -practicing nurse managers. If you aren't giving patient careā€¦.get off the medical campus.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 12:31 p.m.

I go to Taubman clinics for all of my care and I have never had the slightest difficulty parking. This is a tempest in a teapot.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

I am a doctor so I have a pretty good idea when I am getting good care and the care at UM varies greatly between departments and between doctors. My vision is permanently damaged by a faulty exam performed by a resident and the surgeon's mistake caused bleeding in my eye that caused glaucoma. I would have lost my vision completely in my left eye if I had not persisted in getting my doctor to see me when my eye pressure was dangerously high. Thus, it is not a given that my care is better at UM than it would be at St. Joe's.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:54 p.m.

&quot;Slottow said U-M will be 'increasing parking in the medical center area and continuing to use transit service.'&quot; Isn't it jumping the gun a little to say they aren't planning for parking? They haven't even confirmed the project, much less released planning details.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:50 p.m.

I agree with everyone. Its not only bad for patients but also bad for the employees. Its a nightmare for my wife to park there just to go to work unless she wants to ride the bus in 3-5 miles away plus add an hour to her schedule etc.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:09 p.m.

I get your point Johnnya2 and it's a good one, however, if a patient can't get a place to park it doesn't matter HOW good the care is.....they won't come here....


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

Yeah parking should be a priority over the quality of the care you receive.