Hi everyone, Dr. Lorie Charney here and I'm the Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department here at Misericordia University. As many of you know, Passan Hall has been the building where so many OT students have come to learn how to be a practicing OT. And while we all love Passan Hall, we're extremely excited to show you where future occupational therapists will be learning at MU.
The new 39,827 square foot building is under construction and is on our main campus. We are currently renovating the old Mercy Center, and occupational therapy will be housed in the first and second floor. Let's take a look at the progress.
Students and faculty will enter into the vestibule which opens to over 2,000 square feet of open area for students to congregate and work on group projects, study, do homework and write papers. OT faculty and staff offices will be on this floor, and students will have easy access to check in with their professors, as we always like to have our doors open to students as much as possible. Come on, let's go.
In here we have two very important rooms. Our doctoral capstone rooms will be a meeting place for the doctoral students working on their capstone projects. This space will offer opportunities to meet with capstone mentors and site mentors on campus and improved Zoom technology.
Doctoral capstone students will have access to a multitude of resources in these rooms that will help them complete their scholarly research projects, as well as generate manipulatives for their capstone experience.
This open space will soon be our acute care lab. In here, students will have access to a simulated hospital environment to practice in. Come along. Over in this area, we are going to have hospital beds and an acute care simulated location. And over here, all along this wall and then other ones are going to be our splinting areas where students will learn how to splint. In this space over here, students will have the opportunity to have a seat and we'll have plinths here to work on to learn all of those skills that you'll need in practice.
And this space will offer students the opportunity to congregate in the area so they can work on your projects and meet with their friends. This will house our home health laboratory. Two other classrooms will be on this first floor, but we're excited to show you those spaces in the future.