The Nursing and Health Sciences Building on the Pitt-Johnstown campus held its grand opening on September 27, 2013, and kicked-off Homecoming Weekend. The new building has many state-of-the-art attributes and features.
- The $12 million facility includes 11 laboratories for chemistry, biology, and nursing, six faculty offices, and two seminar/classrooms spread over two floors.
- The 26,000-square-foot facility is a significant component in a string of capital projects that have occurred on the campus in the past five years, totaling more than $30 million.
- The building has a sustainable/green design that is expected to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, thereby becoming the first LEED-certified building on campus. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Monday, August 27, 2012.
- The Nursing and Health Sciences Building is the first academic building to be constructed on the campus in nearly two decades and complements the academic quad formed by Biddle, Blackington, and Krebs Halls, and the Engineering and Science Building.
- There are now 38 buildings on the 655-acre University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
- Nearly 20% of all Pitt-Johnstown students are pursuing majors in the medical professions, including the recently revamped pre-med program.
- The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program graduated its first class in the spring of 2013.
- Pitt-Johnstown has a partnership with Windber Research Institute that promotes education in the vitally important STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
With laboratory and classroom space for growing programs in biology, chemistry, and nursing, the facility will meet the educational needs of a large majority Pitt-Johnstown's overall student population that includes not only the students who major in those areas, but those who complete coursework in those areas as requirements for graduation.
Construction was managed by Pittsburgh-based Mascaro.