New Construction to Begin: Nursing and Health Sciences Simulation Facility – Monday, November 21, 2022
In accordance with “The Standard,” Albany State University’s 2025 Strategic Plan’s Goal 2: Institutional Sustainability and Responsible Stewardship, we are excited to share that construction on our newest educational facility will begin on Monday, November 21, 2022.
During this time, the West Campus Entrance "East Access Drive" will be closed. It is estimated the entrance will be closed for approximately one year. This is the entrance closest to the I Building and the Facilities Management office. Traffic will be redirected to the other campus entrances (West Access Drive and Collegiate Drive).
What To Expect:
- Traffic Redirected: There will be two campus entrances available for use during this time, the "West
Access Drive" near the L building, and the Collegiate Drive entrance near the residence
- Available Parking: The affected areas will include parking in front of the I building, and along the
side street by the B and I buildings. Parking in these areas will relocate to the
parking lot in front of the J building or the lot in front of the facilities building.
- Construction Impact: Construction activities will be taking place for several months generating construction
noise and possible vibration. Entrances to buildings may also be impacted.
- Possible Delays: During this time expect possible RAM RUSH delays. The bus stop locations will not be impacted. Faculty, please note due to this delay there is a possibility students may be late to class during this construction period.
Our Nursing and Health Sciences Simulation Facility will create opportunities to support and enable collaboration with other programs in the region and will include space for simulation labs with low, medium, and high-fidelity manikins, control rooms, observation spaces, related hospital simulation spaces, work areas, and more. The facility will create a robust pipeline of nursing, health science, and medical graduates to fill the need for professional practitioners in Georgia and will play a key role in improving patient care and outcomes.
Please pardon our progress during the construction of this exciting and impactful endeavor.
Nursing and Health Sciences Simulation Facility History:
The Nursing and Health Sciences Simulation Facility concept was approved by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents, Governor Brian Kemp, and the Georgia General Assembly in 2020. Funds were allocated for the design, construction, furniture, fixture, and equipment in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
This new building project will be in a current green space on the West Campus, directly in front of the I and B Buildings. The project comprises a single-story simulation lab facility of approximately 16,338 gross square feet in a steel-framed building with a supporting metal deck.
The space will be an active learning area with a simulated hospital environment. Additional rooms will include active learning areas with simulated environments in clinic and home healthcare settings, and administrative offices.
The kickoff meeting for the Nursing and Health Sciences Simulation Facility began in early 2022. Since the project's inception, university administration and faculty members from the Darton College of Health Professions have worked collaboratively with the USG system office staff, the design firm, and the contractor to develop the plans necessary to bring the new state-of-the-art facility to life.
In November 2021, the project team presented the design plans to the Board of Regents. In January 2022, the team began solidifying the designs.
In March 2022, an additional design presentation was held with USG office staff. Between August and October, the project team worked to solidify the final details for moving the project forward. Construction plans were drafted, and the construction permit was issued in November 2022.
Construction will begin on November 21, 2022.
ASU is committed to ensuring our facilities enhance student engagement, teaching, research, and public service. The campus master plan incorporates recommendations for strategic uses of current facilities and proposals for new facilities.