DPR Construction announced the groundbreaking of a three-story, 29,349 square-foot ground-up addition to the University of San Diego’s Nursing School, the Betty & Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advance Practice and Simulation. The project is slated for completion in August 2015.
The expanded facility will house USD’s clinical nursing research program and create training space for residing nurse scientists, as well as a Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory for advanced practice registered nurses. The program will specialize in health research for women, children, elders, veterans and hospice and palliative care patients.
“DPR is honored to continue our work in health care with one of San Diego’s most renowned educational institutions,” said DPR Construction Project Executive Frank Jones. “USD is a great collaborator and we look forward to working with the project team to build a model facility for the next generation of health care professionals.”
The addition is designed to conform to USD’s 16th century Spanish Renaissance architecture and will include construction of a courtyard and a connecting bridge to the school’s existing building. The first floor will house a simulation facility, including primary care exam rooms, acute care hospital rooms and a home care space. Students will work with computerized mannequins and trained actor patients in a simulated care environment, which will additionally be equipped with audio-visual to properly monitor students’ performances.
The second floor will include expandable classrooms and a faculty suite while the third floor will be dedicated entirely to research and doctoral student education. The Kathryn S. Krause Doctoral Research Library and Study, additional classrooms and a research center will also be housed on the third floor.