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Nursing building at Penn State will get $28 million upgrade

Nov. 13, 2023
About 25,000 square feet of the facility will be renovated, and a 2,700-square-foot addition will be built.

The Penn State Board of Trustees has approved a $28 million proposal for renovations and an addition to the Nursing Sciences Building on the University Park campus.

The university says in a news release that the building is the primary facility for the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, which serves more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students on 13 Penn State campuses.  

The Nursing Sciences Building underwent a minor renovation in 2017 when a new main entrance was added. This project intends to replace the façade on the existing structure to correct water intrusion issues and match the circa-2017 entrance, as well as replace HVAC systems that are at their end of life, inefficient lighting, and outdated finishes.

About 25,000 square feet of the building will undergo various levels of renovation, ranging from light touch-ups to fully renewed spaces. 

In addition, a 2,700-square-foot expansion will be constructed on the building’s northwest side to create a 180-person active learning, simulation-ready classroom and a knowledge commons space.  

About $10 million of the project's $28 million cost will come from philanthropic gifts. Full construction is slated to take place in summer 2024; early enabling work will take place until then.  

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Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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