Final Piece of Structural Steel Placed in UMSN’s New Academic Facility

The “topping ceremony” was an opportunity for the UMSN community to celebrate the milestone.


Cheers and clapping erupted as construction crews lifted the final piece of steel into place in the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s (UMSN) new academic facility. The beam was draped with American, University of Michigan and UMSN flags. It was then positioned on the top floor of the building and represents the final piece of the main building’s core structure.  In addition to the excited faculty and staff members watching the excitement from North Ingalls Street, the greater UMSN community watched online via the live webcam.

“This is a very exciting day for UMSN,” says Dean Kathleen Potempa. “This represents a significant step in the construction of the building which is representative of the outstanding education we are dedicated to providing for our students.”
The 75,000 square foot structure, adjacent to the current School of Nursing, will be the first new building UMSN will occupy in its history. The structure has been designed to provide premier learning spaces for students including active-learning classrooms and a clinical learning center with advanced simulation labs and standardized patient suites. The building is expected to be fully enclosed by November and open for the Fall 2015 semester.