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A new nursing center and renovations to a historic building are the latest facilities upgrades at Carroll University in Waukesha. Steven Martinez

New 36,000-square foot nursing center to be complete Nov. 1

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Two major facilities upgrades at Carroll University are proceeding on schedule and one will be ready for students in January.

Work on both the school's new nursing center – Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall – and internal renovations at Rankin Hall is ongoing, and the nursing center will be complete by early November, said Jess Owens, Carroll's senior public relations strategist.

The projects are the latest in a long string of facilities upgrades planned for or already completed at the private liberal arts school, which have significantly changed the look of the campus.

They will cost the school about $30 million combined.

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Hastad Hall

Hastad Hall, named for the university's recently retired president and his wife, is on schedule to be complete by Nov. 1, Owens said. Departments will begin moving in, and classes will begin inside the building during Carroll's spring semester.

The nursing center is a three-floor, 36,000-square-foot structure being built where the demolished Lowry Hall once stood, immediately north of the college's new Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories building at Grand and College avenues.

Hastad Hall will house lab and classroom space that will serve the nursing, physics/engineering and exercise science programs as well as other academic classroom needs for students and faculty. The center will connect to the Jaharis Science Laboratories through the 12,000-square-foot Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering – also a new building.

The $20 million building will also include at least one particularly unique feature: a 1,200 square-foot rooftop terrace, or "green roof."

Rankin Hall improvements

Construction has not yet begun on the Rankin Hall renovations, but planning is well underway, and, Owens said, the final design meeting for the project is scheduled for later this month.

Construction will begin after faculty move out of the 111-year-old building in December.

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Because Rankin is on the National Register of Historic Places, all major renovations and upgrades will be done only on the inside, university officials have said.

Those upgrades, which will cost around $10 million, include new operational systems (such as heating and cooling), classrooms and faculty offices as well as the addition of collaboration spaces for students.

The St. Paul-based architectural firm BWBR has been hired to design both Hastad Hall and the Rankin improvements. Construction oversight for the two buildings is being provided by Gilbane Building Company.

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