AUBURN, Ala.- Come Fall 2017, Auburn University will have a new school dedicated solely for nursing.
The current building which houses the school of nursing is Miller Hall. It is a little more than 11,000 square feet. The new building will be 89,000 square feet.
Friday, the university held a “topping out” ceremony which signified the placing of the last beam. Before the beam will be placed, attendees had the chance to sign the beam. Once the beam is placed, crews can begin placing walls and doing interior work.
The project is slated to come in under budget at $29 million.
Nursing School Dean, Gregg Newschwander says the new building will allow for more opportunities for students and allow instructors to teach in new ways.
“This is the first building that was ever built for nursing here at Auburn University,” Newschwander said. “It’s a significant event for us. It’s built to last 80 years and the capacity it gives us will take us that far.”
Jane DiFolco-Parker is the Vice President and the President of the Auburn University Foundation. Their office was involved in the fundraising for the building. They were charged with raising 20% of the funding for the building by way of philanthropic support. She said they have been so fortunate and excited by the response from the constituents.
Claudia Henderson is a graduate of the Auburn Nursing School. She was a graduate of the third class. She remembers when they were in half of Miller Hall. Henderson said she has seen the progression of the building and is excited for what the future holds. Henderson says this will be a huge investment for the county and state.
John Beard and Susan Brouillette are the owners of Alacare Home Health Company. They say being a home health agency, they have an office in the area and they work with the nursing school a lot. They helped co-chair the campaign portion for fundraising portion of the new building. They say this building will be much needed since education and nursing are rapidly changing. They say the university needed the building to encompass that technology change.