BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is receiving funding for its first major building project.
The building that will be named St. Francis Hall is the first step in the University’s master campus development plan.
Construction of the $28 million project includes a 75,000 square foot three-story educational building located at the corner of Brittany and Picardy Avenues.
“We thank our Franciscan ministry partners for approving this important project,” said President and CEO of the University Dr. Tina Holland. “It comes at a crucial time for the University, our Health System and the community, especially given the intense demand for our graduates, both in the clinical and non-clinical professions. This is an historical development for FranU as we prepare to celebrate the institution’s centennial in 2023.”
At this time, FranU occupies 12 renovated clinics and office buildings in the Baton Rouge Health District. Due to growing enrollment numbers and social distancing mandates over the last year, the University “leased additional space in the Catholic Life Center from the Diocese of Baton Rouge.”
The new building will reflect the University’s mission for interactive learning with modular spaces that can help both educational activities and social events.
There will also be simulation suites to recreate clinical environments, including high-fidelity rooms, standardized patients and multi-bed skills labs.
The building’s project-based learning spaces will be made in such a way as to prepare graduates in the latest healthcare practices.
“Healthcare is constantly evolving, and FranU stays in front of new developments with state of the art technology and teaching strategies,” said president of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and member of the University Board of Trustees Scott Wester. “St. Francis Hall will provide a dynamic and flexible physical environment to better accommodate ongoing advancements in healthcare education.”
The groundbreaking is expected to start at the end of this summer.