USF Health College of Nursing, Beck Partner for Expansion Project

  • May 23, 2023

The Beck Group and USF Health College of Nursing recently announced their partnership for the College of Nursing building expansion. The project will open in Tampa in January 2025.

The project re-envisions how nursing education is delivered as the college increases enrollment to address the nursing shortage. Through the support of the Florida legislature, $33 million was awarded to the college in the FY23 budget to improve infrastructure on USF’s Tampa campus.

The improvements include space for state-of-the-art simulation education and clinical care training with a collaborative focus on nursing education.

Increasing Care in the Tampa Bay Community

As the design-builder, Beck is maximizing its resources to meet the changing demands of educating the future nursing workforce.

“This project is an incredible opportunity to expand enrollment for future nurses and increase care in our community. We’re building on the school’s fantastic location and collaborative spaces. However, the effort goes beyond delivering a project. Beck is proud to use design to transform the educational experience for the trailblazers in the College of Nursing,” says Beck Regional Director Ryan Toth.   

Dean Usha Menon and the USF Health College of Nursing team are working closely with Beck to highlight the changing needs in nursing education and explore how design can improve how the college delivers healthcare education.

“Our partners at Beck take into account every detail we share. It’s evident how deeply they care for us and our (future) nursing students,” says Dean Usha Menon.

Addressing the Nationwide Nursing Shortage

In addition to Beck’s partnership with USF’s College of Nursing, the firm recently celebrated the opening of  The Emory Nursing Learning Center (ENLC).

The project supports the projected increase in enrollment at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. It also helps address the nationwide nursing shortage, projected to worsen by 2030.

Supporting nursing students at all levels, the renovation encompasses four levels of a commercial office and bank initially opened in Decatur, Georgia, in 1962.

The ENLC includes modern simulation and skills labs, where students learn to care for patients in hospital, clinic, and home apartment settings. It also houses the Emory Nursing Experience Program, which provides continuing education to practicing nurses.