School of Nursing issues progress report on new building

VUSN Dean Linda Norman prepares for a walk-through of the new School of Nursing expansion now under construction. (Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt)

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Dean Linda Norman, the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, recently toured the school’s new expansion under construction at 461 21st Ave. S. She was joined by members of Vanderbilt’s campus planning department, VUSN staff working on the project, and representatives of project contractor D.F. Chase and architectural firm Hastings Architecture Associates.

Current activity includes bricklaying for the exterior; hanging drywall; installation of skylights, walls and ramps in the lobby; installation of windows; and wiring and cabling.

Work on the 29,947-square-foot addition began in May 2017. The school expects to begin using the building with the fall 2018 semester.

Hastings Architecture Principal David Bailey (left) and architect David Cates (right) show Dean Linda Norman the self-supporting staircase in what will be the building’s atrium. Hastings designed the staircase to allow as much light as possible to move between the adjacent conference rooms and the atrium. (Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt)
The limestone arch will serve as the new building’s main entrance facing 21st Ave. South. Opening day for the new expansion is only weeks away. (Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt)
The third floor of the expansion will be dedicated to a new simulation teaching laboratory with 13 beds, observation rooms and separate control rooms. Ryan McNew, VUSN Frist Nursing Informatics Center assistant director (right), uses a schematic of the lab to show D.F. Chase Senior Construction Manager Bob Watson and Dean Linda Norman where the individual bays and observation rooms will be. (Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt)