University of Michigan nursing students and faculty will be getting a new $50 million facility, the Board of Regents decided unanimously Thursday.
The school currently operates in a former hospital first built in 1913 and purchased by U-M in 1977. The setup is not conducive to the school's growing student body and faculty and its various simulation exercises, U-M Provost Philip Hanlon told the regents.
"The new kinds of research and new kinds of teaching require a different kind of space than we’re able to construct in their nearly 100-year-old building," Hanlon said.
The school's student body has grown 26 percent in the past 10 years —from 720 students in fall 2001 to 980 students in fall 2011— and it plans to add an additional 40 faculty and staff over the next 10 years.