VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vincennes University officials announced a new $33.9 million Health Sciences and Active Learning building to be built on campus.

VU President Dr. Chuck Johnson made the announcement as part of the school’s Opening Meeting on Monday.

The planned facility will reportedly add 70,000 square feet of new learning space for students in fields related to healthcare. The building will be placed where the former Harrison Hall once stood just south of Updike Hall.

The new Center for Health Sciences and Active Learning will feature state-of-the-art clinical simulation labs equipped with high-fidelity mannequins, virtual reality simulators, and video recording systems. It will include active learning spaces that will promote collaborative, team-based, flexible learning classrooms, which will be utilized by all colleges on campus, integrating dynamic and engaging learning. The cutting-edge facility nearly doubles the space that is currently available to VU students in the existing College of Health Sciences and Human Performance center.

A Vincennes University news release reads:

“The Center for Health Sciences and Active Learning will have a tremendous impact in advancing the academic and career aspirations of the next generation of healthcare professionals as well as students in other disciplines,” College of Health Sciences and Human Performance Dean Michelle Cummins said. “Careers in healthcare, especially nursing, are among the highest-in-demand jobs in Indiana. This new modern center is key to providing a transformative space for VU students and faculty that will allow the University to meet growing enrollment demands in our health science programs and help support Indiana’s healthcare systems.”

The project is expected to be the largest single building project in the history of Vincennes University.