January 16, 2001
New building opens its
for new year
By Michael Terrazas firstname.lastname@example.org
Its walls may be bare and the hallways may still smell of fresh paint, but the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursings new home has begun the new year open for business.
Over winter break, the schools faculty and staff moved from the
old building on Asbury Circle to the new facility, located at 1520 Clifton
Rd. Though there is much moving and settling in yet to be done, the school
is ready for classes when the students return Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Its fabulous, Dean Marla Salmon said of the building.
Asked what is most different for her personally, she said, Its
the sense of a wonderful future that is embedded in this building. Its
a statement of great support and optimism from the University and from
everybody whos been involved with it.
Situated at the corner of campus just across Michael Street from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the new School of Nursing
is literally a gateway building to the Emory campus. The main
entrance to the buildingEmory did not want to mar the buildings
Clifton side with a driveway or turnaroundis located snugly off
of Michael Street close to the Rollins Research Building and the School
of Public Health. A paved walkway leads straight to the bridge over the
railroad tracks and into the heart of campus.
The design is in keeping with the Campus Master Plan and the idea
of a pedestrian campus,said Ann Bavier, assistant dean for development.
Just inside the main entrance is a spacious foyer and, appropriately, the schools admissions office.
Off the foyer is the student loungealso, Bavier said, deliberately
located, as it puts student life front and center in the buildings
When it comes to classroom and educational spaces, there is simply no
comparison between the new building and the old.
In the other building, we had one lab that was used for everything
from teaching anatomy and physiology to teaching nurse practitioners how
to do complete physicals, said Darla Ura, associate clinical professor
Now the school has several labs for patient assessment simulation, basic
nursing skills, laboratory procedures, and physical examinations. The
buildings lecture halls are fitted with the latest technology including
podium-controlled audio-visual equipment and desks with connections for
In hospitals now, patients are more acutely ill, so its very
difficult to take a student into the clinical setting and have them actually
be exposed to real life situations, Ura said. What we can
do now is simulate an actual clinic environment, and the students, without
having the stress of actually working on a person, can take the theory
theyve learned, solidify it, and practice putting it to use.
The building also features some unique ideas. Its top two floors house
faculty and administrative offices, and they can be access-controlled
after hours, making the bottom floors available for community use while
professors and/or administrators can feel secure working upstairs.
Also, the buildings bottom floor has an underground hallway connecting
it to the School of Public Health next door.
Since the new nursing buildings classroom spaces are generally
larger than public healths, the two schools can share space and
have a convenient physical connection in inclement weather.
The School of Nursing will hold an official ceremony opening its new home on Thursday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. The event will be open to the entire Emory campus.