Marquette University in Milwaukee is ready to begin demolition and construction work on Straz Hall to convert it to a new home for its College of Nursing.
The university says site fencing will go up around Straz Hall next week, and interior abatement work will begin in January 2023. Demolition of a portion of the building will commence in February.
The College of Nursing is expected to move into the renovated building in summer 2024.
Straz Hall has been home to Marquette’s business college, but the university has built a new business school facility—the $60 million, 100,000 square-foot O’Brien Hall, set to open in January.
The university says the first floor of the renovated Straz Hall will have an open atrium, an auditorium and several flexible classrooms, along with a new Center for Nursing Student Success. Skills labs are spread throughout the second floor, and a large student breakroom enclosed in glass will overlook the campus.
Expanded simulation labs will surround the third floor with accompanying debrief rooms to model reflection, clinical judgment, critical thinking skills and reasoning.