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Rendering of Bott Building

Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research

Project phase: Archived

There is a critical nursing shortage nationally and in Michigan, which must be met by increasing student enrollment and preparing faculty for the future. The College of Nursing is challenged to increase research and opportunities for interaction and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. The Life Sciences Building cannot currently house all of these college activities. It is not adequate to accommodate and increase academic, research and continuing education programs or to provide community space for student, faculty and alumni interaction.

The Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research will be located on Bogue Street south of Service Road in the South Academic District. This project involves a three-story, 50,000-gross-square-foot building that will link to the existing Life Science Building. Two floors will house dedicated research space and one floor will include classrooms, student commons, student services, external relations, conference rooms, and a new atrium and reception lobby. The building will provide gathering space for the community, students, faculty, and staff, and will support the college's teaching, research and outreach missions.

This project is anticipated to receive LEED certification and will be the first building on campus to use ground-source geothermal energy for heating and cooling.

  • First floor
    • includes gathering space, classrooms, a student lounge and staff support
  • Second floor
    • contains all bio-behavioral research and community outreach for faculty, Ph.D. students and seminar room
  • Third floor
    • includes the same amenities as the second floor


  • Construction began in May 2011, and the Bott Building will be occupied by the end of 2012.

Impacts to pedestrians, bikers, motorists:

  • Mid-May to late May: The east side loading dock drive parking spaces will be eliminated along the constriction fence to pour sidewalks.
  • Late May through July: The west side access drive will be closed near the construction fence. Please use the temporary bypass drive to north-bound Bogue Street. The sidewalk on the west side of the building will be closed; the detour will reroute pedestrian traffic to the east near the Clinical Center.
  • Entry to Life Science will be restricted to the east/west entrances; the north entrance is closed. However, the east entrance is recommended.

Questions, comments, concerns?

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