Scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018, the project will add five stories and more than forty-one thousand square feet to the building's footprint, providing additional space for collaboration, small group study rooms, student lounges, and work spaces for Ph.D. and postdoctoral students. Since the building opened in 1998, the number of nursing students enrolled in the school's Master of Science in Nursing, Ph.D., and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs has more than doubled, from five hundred to over eleven hundred.
"France-Merrick's support of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has significantly impacted and transformed the education of our students and the healthcare outreach we provide to the Baltimore community," said nursing school dean Patricia M. Davidson. "This generous gift will allow us to provide the learning and collaboration space needed for our growing student population."
To date, the France-Merrick Foundation has committed a total of $11 million to the school for capital projects, student financial support, and community health care for those in need. "The France-Merrick Foundation has a longstanding partnership with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing," said Amy M. Gross, the foundation's executive director. "We have a shared vision of improving the healthcare of Baltimore and preparing future health care leaders for Baltimore and beyond."