EAST LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan State University College of Nursing has a new center for students, researchers, practitioners and educators to work together on health care issues.

A dedication ceremony was held Friday for the three-story, 50,000-square-foot Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research.

The building’s first floor — which includes classrooms, conference rooms, a student lounge and an atrium — is “all about students.”

“Our students never had any place to be. They’d sit on the floor in other buildings but they never had a place of their own,” Mary Mundt, dean of the College of Nursings, told the Lansing State Journal.

The second and third floors provide space for the Nursing Research Center, where researchers plan to study obesity prevention, symptom management, cancer, gerontology and health promotion.

The Bott Building brings together the College of Nursing’s faculty and students in one central location for the first time in 20 years. The school says the new facility will help the college respond to the national shortage of nurses and nursing educators and engage in solving the country’s top health challenges.

The $18.5 million project was funded in part by a $7 million gift from the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation and a $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the project. The school also received donations from more than 1,000 other sources.

The school said the building is the first on its East Lansing campus to use geothermal energy for heating and cooling.

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