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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Maloney Hall: The future home of 21st-century nursing at Boston College

by debra bradley ruder

Photo of Maloney Hall

The Connell School is on the move.

After more than five decades in Cushing Hall, the Connell School of Nursing will pack up its offices, classrooms, and memories and relocate to larger, custom-designed quarters in Maloney Hall.

A summer 2015 move has been set for the School, whose research and teaching functions will be united on the second and third floors of Maloney, the gateway between Boston College’s Lower and Middle campuses.

Designed to meet the current and future needs of nursing students and faculty, the School’s new 35,000-square-foot home will offer 78 percent more usable space than Cushing Hall.

In keeping with today’s team-driven, collaborative approach to health care, the design features an open floor plan with neighborhood-like clusters that encourage interaction and collaboration. Among the other changes: a 150 percent increase in student lounge space; a nursing lab double the current size, including two additional simulation labs and control booths, three more viewing rooms, and two more exam rooms; and state-of-the-art presentation technology in all meeting spaces.

Architect’s rendering of one of the simulation labs.

In a letter to nursing school alumni and friends this fall, Dean Susan Gennaro said she and faculty are actively involved in planning a “bright and welcoming” environment that is well suited to preparing 21st-century nurse leaders.

"Since 1960, Cushing Hall has been a wonderful home” to students, faculty, and staff, Gennaro wrote, acknowledging the difficulty of leaving a building cherished in many memories. “We will carry the traditions of Cushing Hall with us to our future home in Maloney, where we will train the next generation of extraordinary nurses as they build their dreams and careers.

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