Preliminary site preparation has begun on the Gordon College Nursing and Allied Health Building. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2010.The three-story, 54,000 square-foot structure will be built where Watson Hall once stood ‘“ on the west side of campus near Spencer Street. It will allow the nursing and allied health programs to move from Smith Hall, which was built in 1938 and contains approximately 13,000 square feet. Plans call for Smith to eventually undergo some interior renovation and house the Early Childhood Education program and portions of the Community Education program. The modern, three-story NAH building will contain two large, tiered lecture halls, a collaborative learning center, computer lab, and several classrooms. The focal point of the building will be on the second floor where a state-of-the-art simulation lab, practice lab and check-off lab will be located. The labs will allow students to learn in an environment that very closely resembles a hospital.The first BSN class is expected to begin coursework in Summer 2010 and will graduate in spring 2012. An official groundbreaking for the NAH Building is slated for Friday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
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