University of Nebraska, Lincoln, CON & Student Health Center

Using university resources wisely to enhance opportunities, health

The University of Nebraska Medical Center hasn’t had a home on campus in 100 years. Residing in a small space near Wells Fargo in downtown Lincoln, UNMC students have had to share cramped space, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has not been able to grow is nursing program due to lack of space. In fact, the university has had to turn down applicants because of a lack of space.

By 2020, the state of Nebraska is expected to have shortage of 4,000 nurses. To answer the demand for healthcare professionals, the university embarked on a $35 million facility.

The new building will be shared by the College of Nursing and Student Health Center, with programs physically integrated in one structure. Creating this shared space will allow the university to educate more students, attract more nursing faculty, and raise the level of nursing education and research. The highlight of the 21st-century space is the “simulation in the round” designed in close collaboration with College of Nursing faculty, and tapping into the hand-on, practical learning that prepares students for the workplace.

The new health center will provide medical, dental and physical therapy clinic areas, with infrastructure to house contemporary healthcare technology. Nebraska Medicine, UNMC’s primary clinical partner, employs physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other staff for the Student Health Center. Bringing the two programs together enables both institutions to enjoy savings and increase effectiveness in utilities, space and technology, but more importantly, it will allow enrollment in the College of Nursing to double to 300 students, and provide access to healthcare for the growing student population.

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Location

Lincoln, Nebraska

Building Type

Medical Education, Academic STEM & Research, Learning Spaces

Size

107,000 SF