UNCG brought out the hardhats and golden shovels last Friday at a ceremony to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new Nursing and Instructional Building.
The 180,000-square-foot facility was made possible thanks to state funds from the Connect NC Bond, which was passed by North Carolina voters in the spring of 2016. The $105 million building is slated to open in the summer of 2020.
“The groundbreaking of the Nursing and Instructional Building is a Giant Step – it’s a long-awaited moment not just for the campus community, but for the state,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “What happens inside this building will impact the health and wellness of communities across the state.”
The School of Nursing, currently located in four buildings, will occupy approximately 50 percent of the building. In addition to providing more space for the School of Nursing, the facility will provide teaching and flexible laboratory research space for the School of Health and Human Sciences and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, as well as classroom space.
The building will house 39 labs, 14 classrooms, nine research suites and a community engagement center.
“Because of this additional, state-of-the-art space, UNCG will be able to graduate more nurses, scientists, health care professionals and researchers,” Gilliam said. “These are the people who will provide care for our families and shape our communities.”
North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and several representatives from the North Carolina legislature were on hand for the event. Berger lauded the Connect NC Bond for providing a building that will better prepare students in the nursing and STEM fields. Speaking to students, he said:
“This building is about you.”
The Nursing and Instructional Building will be located on the former site of the McIver Building, which was demolished earlier this month.
“While we make way for the New Nursing and Instructional Building, we recognize that the learning, research and creative production that took place here will always remain an indelible part of our institution,” said Chancellor Gilliam.
Prior to the McIver Building’s demolition, a time capsule with UNCG commemorative items from 1908 and 1959 was removed from the building’s cornerstone. See a video of these items below and learn more at this link.
Visit thebigbuild.uncg.edu for more on the Nursing and Instructional Building and related construction projects.
By Elizabeth L. Harrison
Photograph by Martin W. Kane