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Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing (VUSN) is set to open a new $23.6 million building expansion on January 22, which was designed with health and wellbeing in mind. The expansion broke ground in 2017 with plans to target LEED Gold and WELL Silver certifications. The university anticipates that the building will be the first structure in Nashville to carry the WELL designation.

According to, the WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system of measuring, certifying, and monitoring features that affect human health and well-being in the built environment, including air quality, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

Taking into consideration the university’s impact of the built environment on the way we live, the university has engaged in discussions about its sustainability strategy in relation to energy, transportation, water, waste, and recycling. Efforts to establish the first WELL building in Nashville is a critical and visible component of these efforts by emphasizing the importance of healthy design principles.

VUSN Dean Linda D. Norman tells, “Nursing embraces a holistic view of health and seeks to care for the entire person. Likewise, our expansion was built with a holistic view of enhancing all of its occupants’ well-being and health. It makes synergistic sense that the new School of Nursing project is Vanderbilt’s first building constructed to WELL standards.”

The new building includes several features designed to support WELL standards and promote wellbeing like a lighting system that supports human circadian rhythms, a staircase with wide landings to encourage low-impact climbing, the availability of adjustable desks in offices, and materials selected to reflect nature and connect people with natural surroundings.

To learn more about the new Vanderbilt University School of Nursing building expansion designed with health in mind, visit here.

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