Roberts Wesleyan College has completed a new building for Science and Nursing linked to the existing Merlin G. Smith Science Center, targeting LEED-NC Silver certification. The 44,000-square-foot, two-story facility will house first-rate educational facilities for science and nursing education.
The new building features state-of-the-art classrooms, advanced simulation laboratories and an experimental greenhouse. The lifelike patient simulators have realistic features — such as blinking eyes, pulses, and breathing, heart and lung sounds — that respond to nursing students’ practices. The new teaching facility is complete with advanced instrumentation and scientific equipment, modern teaching laboratories, several specialized labs, and dedicated research space in biology, chemistry and forensic science.
Faculty and staff will focus on the trends in health care today, fully integrated teaching and education for students in simulation experiences.
After completion of the new building, a substantial renovation of the 44,000 GSF existing building is planned, renovating the former “hard” science and nursing lab areas into modern general purpose and computer classrooms. Renovated offices for faculty will be provided, including the Nursing program’s departmental offices and support spaces. An existing 185-seat tiered lecture hall will be modernized, and much of the primary heating and cooling systems will be replaced, and an automatic sprinkler system will be installed as part of planned life-safety improvements. Finishes from the new building will be utilized in the renovations to visually connect the two physically linked and programmatically intgrated facilities.
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