A project to address the critical need for nurses in the region is progressing in Rapid City.

Ground was broken March 8 for the West River Health Science Center, a collaboration between Black Hills State University, South Dakota State University, Monument Health, and the West River Area Health Education Center.

The TSP + Kahler Slater team designed the state-of-the-art experiential nursing education facilities at the Black Hills State University – Rapid City campus.

Approximately 9,200 square feet of the existing building at BHSU – Rapid City will be renovated to provide a testing center, active learning classroom, faculty and administrative offices, and student study and lounge spaces.

The 38,000-square-foot addition will house the Native American Nursing Education Center (NANEC), in addition to an active learning classroom, nursing simulation spaces, breakout rooms, and faculty offices.

The NANEC suite will provide a home for Native American students to study and receive support during their education, and to gather and learn with and from the broader Native American community.