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Summer facilities projects are in full swing at Venango College of Clarion University and temporary inconveniences for permanent improvements sum up the activity. 

A new nursing and allied health simulation lab is being constructed in the lower level of Montgomery Hall.   The project involves the partial alteration and renovation of approximately 4,000 square feet to create a simulation laboratory, control room, de-briefing classroom, workrooms, technicians’ office and two restrooms.

The new School of Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Laboratory will be the only such facility located between Pittsburgh and Edinboro.  The state-of-the-art facility will house simulation laboratory equipment, including high-fidelity, life-size mannequins and high-tech medical apparatuses, in a simulated intensive care unit.

“Students will be able to play out scenarios and learn experientially without risk of patient harm,” said Dr. Sharon Falkenstern, Director of the School of Nursing and Allied Health.  “The mannequins allow students to learn assessment and response to real-life scenarios, providing hands-on experience in the learning process.” 

All of the simulated activities will be audio and video recorded for critique and debriefing of students with nursing faculty.  Contractors will be on-site through August 2012 during the university’s summer break.  Funding for this project has largely been provided through external gifts and grants.  Frameworx of Guys Mills is serving as the general contractor with the assistance of Dasco Plumbing of Shippenville, Right Electric of Butler and Guy’s Mechanical Systems of Rochester, PA serving as the HVAC contractor.

A second, three-phase project involves foundation waterproofing and a campus drainage system behind Montgomery Hall, Suhr Library and the Robert W. Rhoades Student Center.  The project will provide storm drainage improvements to areas adjacent to the buildings and new accessible sidewalks, stairs, landings and railings to the surrounding areas of Montgomery Hall.  Part of this project addresses erosion and sedimentation control, excavation, trenching, waterproofing, all site modifications and post-construction storm water management.  Terra Works out of Clarion is serving as the contractor. 

The third phase of the summer project is the reconstruction of the existing Venango Campus main access driveway.  Access toward the end of the summer time-frame will be single lane only as construction widens the mouth and a portion of the entryway.  The project will provide a much easier and safer entrance for vehicles entering the campus from either direction of West First Street.  Terra Works of Clarion is also the contractor for this project. 

“These projects are essential for the stewardship of Clarion University–Venango Campus.  The commitment to long-term preservation of the facilities and the environment is a priority for our academic community,” said Dr. Chris Reber, Executive Dean.  “In addition, the development of the simulation lab will provide a new dimension to nursing and allied health education and allow for future program development.”   

8/29/2012 10:46 AM

$1.5 million in facilities improvements under way at Venango College