The School of Nursing welcomed guests to its new home during a grand opening reception on Tuesday that included tours of its new clinical facilities in Wende Hall on the South Campus.
The school has fully occupied Wende and is holding classes there this semester. It spent more than 30 years occupying the upper floors of Kimball Tower, also on the South Campus.
The $7.1 million renovation of historic Wende—constructed in 1885 and expanded in 1955—has transformed it into a user-friendly, energy-efficient and dynamic setting for 21st-century nursing education. The facility includes state-of-the-art classrooms, instructional laboratories and research space, along with new elevator, air conditioning and heating systems. The teaching spaces in the building include a center for nursing research, three specialized laboratories, faculty offices, and student and employee lounges.