Lees-McRae College, May School of Nursing & Health Sciences

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In association with Aurora Design Architects

A generous private donation and the decision to add a pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program prompted Lees-McRae to consider a new academic building to house all allied health programs. The 18,000 SF facility is the cornerstone of the College’s expanded science and health-related programs.

 The two-story building houses two nursing simulation labs, an athletic training lab, learning labs, faculty offices, two conference rooms, and a replicated efficiency apartment. It is also outfitted with the latest technology including 3G Wireless High-Fidelity Human Simulators, a simulation learning system which facilitates evidence-based scenarios for students, software which captures, records and debriefs simulations, an electronic record documentation and medication dispensing system, and a web-based experiential learning program which supplements and enhances curricular success and preparation for the national licensing examination.

The brick and stone design complements the heritage of the mountain campus. The building placement provides a pedestrian linkage to other buildings on campus and addresses a heavily traveled thoroughfare through campus.