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Columbia University School of Nursing, one of the oldest in the United States, will soon have a new home.

The new building (link is external) will be constructed at 168th Street and Audubon Avenue, a few blocks from its current facility, located at 617 W. 168th Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. Among the seven-story structure’s many features will be a sunlit atrium lobby, rooftop garden terrace, and a two-floor, state-of-the-art simulation center equipped with lifelike mannequins that imitate real-life medical conditions giving students the opportunity to learn skills in a safe, educational environment.

“The future of nursing and nursing education will soon have a new address,” said Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and Senior Vice President of the Columbia University Medical Center. “Our new building brings renewed focus to our education and research mission at a time when advanced practice nurses are playing an ever-greater role in the health-care delivery system.”