A new home
Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences officially opened on the University’s nearly 15-acre Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City, which is located a block from Main St. The Health Sciences Campus is 2.3 miles from the University’s Vestal campus and 2.7 miles from the University Downtown Center.
The facility Decker College now occupies is called the Health Sciences Building. While most divisions within the college have relocated to the new facility, Decker’s Division of Health and Wellness Studies remains in the West Gym on the Vestal campus. In addition, the Division of Advising and Academic Excellence will retain an office in Academic Building B to provide advising services for students.
History of the building and renovation
- The building was originally constructed in 1916 as the Endicott Johnson Shoe Corp. Pioneer Annex and was home to shoe and shoe box manufacturing.
- Binghamton University acquired the 93,000-square-foot facility in early 2015 and completed extensive cleaning before renovations began in March 2019.
- The inside of the facility was completely renovated and an addition in the rear of the building was demolished.
- A new, 20,000-square-foot addition was constructed, providing Decker College with 113,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom, clinical laboratory and research space, including a leading-edge simulation and healthcare learning lab.
- The nearly $50 million project has been funded with a combination of Upstate Revitalization funds, SUNY capital project money and some campus dollars.
The six-story building
- Floor 1 (ground floor): Decker’s Division of Advising and Academic Excellence is located on the first floor. There are also a food court, lounge, information commons, library, help desk, spaces for group and individual study, reflection and lactation rooms, student organization offices, conference rooms and a large multipurpose room with a kitchen. The multipurpose room can be separated into two classrooms or used as event space. In the coming weeks, a gallery celebrating the building’s history will be installed in the rotunda.
- Floor 2: Decker’s Innovative Simulation and Practice Center (ISPC) occupies the second floor, measuring a little over 13,000 square feet. Accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the center has three flexible, hospital-based simulation rooms including a nurse’s station with medication dispensing area; a home care suite to represent a home- or long-term care situation; a life skills room with a kitchen and laundry area; eight innovative instruction rooms set up as exam rooms; an 18-bed teaching lab with a classroom space in the center; a nursing skills teaching lab; and an open practice lab.
- Floor 3: The third floor is home to classrooms, conference rooms and offices, including office space for the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, clinical placement and adjunct faculty members.
- Floor 4: The dean’s suite and the Kresge Center for Nursing Research are located on the fourth floor. There are also offices for the Decker Endowed Chair in Rural Health, the Decker Endowed Chair for Community Health and the O’Connor Office of Rural Health. In addition, there are conference rooms and offices for nursing, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language pathology faculty and staff. This floor also has a studio for high-quality recording of online courses and a satellite academic testing center.
- Floors 5 and 6: Floors five and six are still being renovated. When finished, these floors will house the physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology classrooms, offices, simulation facilities and laboratories. In addition, SUNY Upstate Medical University will have space on the fifth floor for its clinical campus, which brings third- and fourth-year medical residents to the area for their clinical rotations.
The Health Sciences Campus
While Decker College is now open and joins the pharmacy school, Binghamton University’s Health Sciences Campus isn’t complete. A Research and Development facility is in the design phase and will be constructed immediately adjacent to the pharmacy school. It is slated to be completed by December 2022. Also in design is the Ford Family Wellness Center for Seniors (see below).
Ford Family Wellness Center for Seniors
The Ford Family Wellness Center for Seniors is a collaboration with Ascension Lourdes Hospital to provide primary healthcare and holistic health and wellness services for older persons.
This facility, located nearby at 27 Jenison Ave., is expected to be completed in December 2021.