A four-story atrium will connect Godchaux Hall, Frist Hall, and the Nursing Annex and will serve as the School's new main entrance and lobby. Unimpeded views of the surrounding campus and downtown Nashville can be seen from a fifth-floor conference room and green roof terrace. Slated for LEED-certification, several sustainable and wellness features are incorporated into the building, including accessible daylight for all classrooms, public spaces and private offices; material selections that support indoor air quality; and red-list free product considerations.
To be completed in 2018, the expansion is needed to accommodate the School's continued growth and ensure the School continues to attract and recruit the best students and faculty. Susan Wente, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, quotes, "the expansion will strengthen the School of Nursing's position as one of the nation's elite nursing schools, known for its graduate nursing education, advanced practice, and research programs."