The Department of Nursing was formally established by the Francis Marion University (FMU) Board of Trustees in May 2004. A relationship that began in 1982, FMU acted as a satellite nursing program of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Up until that time, the McNair Science Building housed classroom, office, and lab space for the program.
The site for the Nursing Building is an area of campus that was master planned as a green plaza with the existing pond and deemed “The Quad”. It is bordered by several buildings, including the future School of Business and Education (already designed by Equip Studio, formally Key Architecture), McNair Science Building and Smith University Center.
The red ruffle brick that adorns the exterior is a departure from the greystone brick that clads most of the buildings on campus and harkens back to the more traditional Stokes Administration Building that uses the same brick. The user is greeted by a two-story interior lobby that runs from the front to the rear of the building and is bathed in natural light from the skylight above. The first floor houses all of the administrative offices, an auditorium, tiered classrooms, and the student center, while the second floor contains additional tiered classrooms, seminar rooms, computer lab, and nurses’ skills lab.