Michigan State University's College of Nursing
is growing – in all sorts of ways. The college's new $17.6 million Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research is now 70 percent complete.
“Program expansion, increased numbers of students and growth of research programs have all led to a need for additional space for the College of Nursing at Michigan State University,” says Jill M. Vondrasek of MSU’s College of Nursing.
All that growth is needed. After its grand opening set for November 2, the new facility will help the school pursue research endeavors and help the state address its nursing shortage with new programs.
“As we look forward to new growth opportunities, the college will begin accepting applications for our new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in the fall,” Vondrasek says.
The three-story, 50,000 square foot Bott Building will pursue LEED certification once complete. It will be the first on MSU’s campus to use ground-source geothermal energy for heating and cooling. The project was funded in part by lead donor the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation, which committed $7 million to the project. Another $7.45 million was contributed by a stimulus funding grant from the National Institutes of Health to support nursing research, which was the largest competitive federal stimulus grant MSU received.
“The Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research is a symbol of nursing excellence that honors the legacy of our distinguished faculty and alumni,” says Vondrasek, “many of whom have dedicated their lives to improving health outcomes.”