William Paterson University (WPU) is committed to being a top provider of health sciences education in New Jersey. In furtherance of that goal, the school built and opened its newest academic building, University Hall.
Located at the center of WPU’s main campus, University Hall is an 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility designed to provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for students. The building’s innovative use of large glass hallway windows enables anyone walking past a simulation lab to see nursing students and a faculty member clustered around a patient’s bed and witness the hands-on learning taking place.
University Hall houses a mix of 16 general-use classrooms, dedicated laboratories and clinical spaces for the university’s programs in nursing, communication disorders and public health. Specialized classrooms and clinical spaces include the relocated Nel Bolger, RN Nursing Laboratory, consisting of two updated patient simulation laboratories and a control room to provide enhanced clinical training, three nursing basic skills labs and four additional nursing simulation labs to train the next generation of nurses to care for the community’s laboring mothers, neonates, children and adults in an acute-care setting.
The university’s Speech and Hearing Clinic, which provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for the community, is located on the lower level. Featuring the latest digital monitoring technology, the clinic now includes 15 therapy rooms and 14 observation rooms to meet the growing demand for services. University Hall also includes large and small study rooms to facilitate group projects and study sessions.
States WPU President Kathleen Waldron, “University Hall represents a significant step in the revitalization of our main instructional facilities as we provide faculty and students with state-of-the-art teaching, clinical and research spaces.”
The $40-million building was funded in part by $30 million from New Jersey’s “Building Our Future Bond Act.” Dedicated in January, the facility was completed six months ahead of schedule.
State of NJ
Future Bond Act
William Paterson University
Jennifer K. Mendrzycki
St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital