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Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

The new 30,000-square-foot addition to Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing  at the intersection of VUSN’s historic Godchaux Hall and Patricia Champion Frist Hall accommodates the School’s continued growth and ensures the School will continue to attract and recruit the best students and faculty.

The five-floor structure houses technologically-advanced classrooms, conference and seminar rooms, student services offices, faculty offices and a state-of-the-art simulation teaching lab that will allow for complex skills development and real-time feedback on students’ clinical nursing skills. The building’s virtual classroom incorporates leading-edge technology to facilitate distance learning and web-based instruction. The interactive classroom facilitates large and small group interactions with smart display technology that allows for sharing of group data and findings.

"The expansion will strengthen the School of Nursing's position as one of the nation's elite nursing schools, known for its graduate nursing education, advanced practice, and research programs."
— Susan Wente, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

A four-story atrium connects Godchaux Hall, Frist Hall, and the Nursing Annex and serves as the School’s new main entrance and lobby. Unimpeded views of the surrounding campus and downtown Nashville can be seen from a fifth-floor conference room and green roof terrace.

Slated for LEED-certification, several sustainable and wellness features are incorporated into the building, including accessible daylight for all classrooms, public spaces and private offices; material selections that support indoor air quality; and red-list free product considerations.

Noteable WELL Features
A. Low-Emitting Materials tested to meet Volatile Organic Compounds standards support healthy indoor air quality
B. Green Roof overlooking the campus provide connection to nature
C. Optimum Reverberation is created by balancing room shape and size, and material absorption to facilitate optimal speech intelligibility
D. Flexible Work Stations allow occupants to adjust their sit-stand desks and monitors, and tune lighting to best suit each individual
E. Radiant Heating warms the atrium floor and naturally rises, providing the warmest air at occupant level
F. Wood Feature Wall made from site-harvested trees, along with wood finishes, colors, and textures, support occupant connection to nature
G. Monumental stair encourages occupants to traverse all levels, promoting casual interaction and physical fitness
H. Skylights flood the atrium with natural light and save energy
I. Interior Windows provide interior offices with natural daylight and views into the atrium
J. Entry Vestibule creates a new "front door" and captures dirt and particulates to reduce the outdoor pollutants
K. Fins Curtain Wall Shading allows light to enter the atrium while shading the glass to mitigate solar heat gain and reduce glare in the atrium
L. Interior Acoustical Treatments mitigate background noise commonly caused by mechanical systems
Location
Nashville, Tennessee
Size
30,000 square foot addition
Client
Vanderbilt University
Recognition
Registered LEED Gold
Registered WELL Silver