Simulation Prepares Students for Real-Life Workplace

Nassau Community College, New Life Sciences Building, Garden City, NY

Founded in 1959, Nassau Community College (NCC) is the largest single-campus community college in New York State. The new Life Sciences Building is sited at the northeast corner of the 225-acre campus and houses the college’s nursing and chemistry programs in allied health.

A key goal of the college is to expand personal development as well as foster economic revitalization through a seamless transition to the workplace.

According to Dr. Kenneth Saunders, Acting President of NCC, “The new Life Sciences Building is a dramatic step forward for our healthcare students in meeting this goal.” The project includes state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, nurse training rooms and computer learning labs. But most significantly, the building included a sophisticated technology package of high-fidelity clinical simulation in its computerized hospital simulation lab to provide virtual training for real-life situations.

The building’s copper cladding helps the building harmonize with its natural context at the edge of campus, and was a factor in the new building earning LEED Gold certification. Close attention to value analysis and use of our Dynamic Cost Management system led to the opportunity of reducing the budget by 15% over the original estimate. The campus notes that the new Life Sciences Building sets the standard for all future new construction.

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