The proposed five-story expansion creates a new academic simulation center, featuring smart classrooms and multiple clinical practice labs, seminar and conference rooms, high tech computer labs, and a state-of-the-arts simulation academy, all equipped with industry leading technology. The addition is conceptualized to complement the existing building, while integrating smoothly into the overall campus.
The spacious facility will support the work of nurse scientists and clinical educators and UM’s undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the school’s nursing and health science programs. The project consists of an addition of approximately 35,000 sq. ft. and renovation of 5,000 sq. ft. of the existing school. The current program includes a 300 fixed-seat auditorium, classrooms and exam rooms to simulate a real-life setting for the student using Standardized Patients. The expansion also includes simulated hospital spaces such as operating rooms, emergent care, NICU’s, patient rooms and ICU’s, used as teaching environments that mimic actual settings, reflecting the true life continuum of care used in treating the infirm. Situated centrally for accessibility, the control rooms allow observation of the student during simulation activities for performance evaluation and teaching follow-up. Smart classrooms located on every floor serve as space for debriefing rooms, designed to allow mid-size conferences or one-to-one discussions.