ASU breaks ground on $30M nursing addition

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Arizona State University celebrated the groundbreaking of a $30 million addition to its college of nursing on Tuesday.  The building is expected to open in 2009.  The five-story downtown Phoenix project will provide more teaching and office space for the college, which ASU officials say, is the largest college of nursing in the country.  It has 2,000 students.  “We don’t just want to be the largest, we want to be the most innovative,” said Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation.  “Our mission is to improve the health care of this city, this state and this country.”

ASU is in the midst of a multi-million dollar building spree in the heart of Phoenix.  In 2006, the university opened a downtown Phoenix campus.  The project, which got funding from a $220 million city bond, is key part of city plans to revitalize the heart of the city.  So far, the campus includes the college of nursing, the University College and the College of Public Programs.  In the fall, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will move downtown from the Tempe campus.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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