Building the Future of Nursing 

Be a part of the new home for UConn Nursing

New Building and Increasing Enrollment will Help Address Critical Shortage of Nurses

Today more than ever our communities need nurses to care, lead and to educate future generations to address our nation’s nursing shortage and to solve healthcare’s greatest challenges.

The $40 million gift from UConn alumni Elisabeth DeLuca ’69 (NUR), will help support the construction of a new facility for the UConn School of Nursing along with support from Governor Ned Lamont, and the Connecticut legislature who allocated $30 million to construct this building.

The School of Nursing Building project is currently in the Planning Phase with design anticipated to complete in June 2024, followed by bidding. Construction is anticipated to begin in November 2024 and complete in July 2026.


The UConn School of Nursing’s new home will be strategically located between existing clinical, academic, and research space, and align with the long-term development plan outlined in the 2015-2035 Campus Master Plan.

The Proposed Action to be assessed under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) would construct up to a 5-story building approximately 90,000 gross square feet (gsf) in size. The building program would include:

Instructional spaces, including a lecture hall and classrooms

A Simulation Lab Suite

A Human Behavioral Research Lab

A Wet Lab

A Student Academic Center

Offices and support spaces

Accessible parking and service and loading zones would also be provided on-site, as well as usable open space around the building.

Anticipated to open in Fall 2026

The new building will make a positive impact on the future of nursing

5 floors of educational learning space to increase enrollment across nursing degree programs and address the critical nursing shortage

Over 13,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art simulation space to foster innovation and enhance nursing education

Increased collaboration in education and research to impact patient care with an optimal location.


The purpose of this project is to accommodate increased enrollment for the School of Nursing that in turn will help address the shortage of nurses, the changing nature of healthcare, and the increasing disparity in health outcomes regionally and nationally. Storrs Hall cannot fulfill that purpose or adequately satisfy future requirements in terms of size and spatial configuration.

The new School of Nursing building would support new teaching modes by educating nurses through patient-centered practice, interdisciplinary research, and technology-based innovations.

Students in class