Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has selected GSC Architects of Austin to design a new building for the university’s Scott & White College of Nursing. GSC brings many years of experience to the project, having played a leading role in the design of hospitals and educational projects at colleges and universities.
The architectural firm most recently completed work on the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock, which is focused on the training of medical students, and the first phase of the Austin Community College Round Rock Campus, which included a state-of-the-art building for the college’s nursing and radiology programs.
Principal-in-Charge for the project will be Larry Moseley, AIA, who with his staff at GSC Architects will lead the integrated design process for the new nursing building.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with UMHB on a building for the College of Nursing,” said Moseley. “This project is an opportunity for us to apply our abilities and our experience with educational architecture in a new and exciting way. We are aware of the school’s desire to be the top nursing school in the country, an ambition which we think is in reach. Our goal, then, is to design a facility that will meet the needs of a nationally prominent nursing program for many decades to come.”
Project Manager for the GSC team will be Ginny Chilton, AIA. In addition to the recent educational facilities for Texas A&M and ACC in Round Rock, Ms. Chilton has worked on the Texas A&M Health Science Center buildings in Bryan and Temple, the Avery Administration Building for Texas State University at Round Rock, and other health-related facilities around the state of Texas.
“What I particularly like about this project,” Chilton said, “is that we are incorporating UMHB’s emphasis on smaller classes and direct interaction between professors and students. The personal attention UMHB faculty members want to give each student will drive the design on this project. In addition, the university is committed to incorporating innovative technology to create outstanding simulation centers in this new facility. It is really a great opportunity to push the envelope and create a state-of-the-art center for nursing education.”
The UMHB nursing program has long been considered a signature program of the university, known for the high pass rates of its students on the N-CLEX professional licensing exam. Limited space in the program’s current facilities has made it necessary for administrators to limit the program to 350 junior and senior nursing students this year, but demand for the Bachelor of Nursing degree is great, and the College of Nursing anticipates continued growth when space limitations are eliminated with the new building.
Planners expect the new multi-story facility to include multiple state-of-the-art clinical simulation labs, where students can learn nursing skills before beginning their work with patients. The building will also include at least five classrooms, a large lecture hall, and offices for nursing faculty. The 70,000-square-foot facility will also include space for the growth of future programs in the health sciences.
The site for the new building will be on the south side of the campus on Ninth Avenue, across the street from the York Science Center. The proposed timeline for the project calls for construction to begin in the spring of 2012, with the facility ready for occupancy in 2013.