Opened in fall 2021, the Francis X. and Nancy Hursey Center for Advanced Engineering and Health Professions has transformed our campus and will continue to meet the needs of high-caliber, dedicated, and deserving students for years to come.
The Hursey Center, a 60,000-square-foot academic building in the academic quad, houses new, specialized, and technology-rich facilities for our growing programs in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. The project also included renovations to two existing spaces—Dana and UTC Halls—and also accounts for the increased need of classroom space for many general education courses offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.
The placement of the Hursey Center intentionally creates a series of gathering spaces around the building and across the quad. The iconic green roof aesthetically blends the building with the surrounding environment, while showcasing the many environmentally friendly features contained within.
The Hursey Center opened its doors to new and returning students—and is already opening opportunities to a new kind of learning experience at UHart with the growth of academic programs.
Check out Hursey's modern, fully equipped labs and classrooms emphasizing hands-on learning to build students' skills and confidence for successful careers.
Frank and Nancy Hursey bring together their lifelong passions in support of UHart’s newest academic building.
The Hursey Center construction was completed in time to welcome new and returning UHart students for the start of the fall 2021 semester. From wind tunnels for aerospace engineering to lifelike simulation manikins for nursing, the Hursey Center provides opportunities for a new kind of learning experience for our students.
The new facility includes a health simulation suite and spaces to prepare future health professionals to assess, diagnose, and treat a myriad of conditions. Engineering and technology-focused labs like robotics, 3D-printing, high-bay mechanical engineering, and cybersecurity labs, as well as research and maker spaces, will prepare our students for in-demand careers in expanding industries while fostering an environment where impactful teaching and learning can best take place.
The Hursey Center houses classrooms and labs to advance our engineering and health sciences programs. Featured spaces include a Human Performance Lab, Kinesiology Lab, Bedside Skills Lab, Mechatronics Lab, Turbomachinery Lab, and many teaching and research spaces. Additionally, the second main component of the academic building project is the renovation of spaces in United Technologies Hall and Dana Hall. The opening of the new building will free up approximately 30,000 square feet of space for improvements in UT and Dana.
Notable to our campus community was the necessary removal of the trees during construction. These trees were originally planted in memory of alumni who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The architects and administration have thoughtfully considered many options to create a space that honors the lives that were lost in 2001.