Agenda Item No. V. A. 4.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Learning Laboratory, School of Nursing - Project M04003


At the January 28, 2004 Board of Regents meeting, a proposal was submitted by the School of Nursing to create a Learning Laboratory within the School of Nursing at Petro Allied Health Center, and to provide a Mobile Clinic which will provide a greater number of Kansans with access to basic health assessment and education.

The Learning Laboratory will provide learning experiences for many groups beyond the traditional BSN student. One important group is registered nurses whose licenses have lapsed. The School of Nursing provides an RN refresher course to nurses who desire to re-enter the workforce. These nurses are essential to address the nursing shortage and will benefit from the Learning Laboratory experience. The Learning Laboratory also is a resource for distance education programs that articulate Registered Nurses to complete their baccalaureate degree in nursing. In keeping with the Washburn University School of Nursing commitment to the Topeka community, this facility will be used by other community groups such as the National Youth Sports Camp held each summer. Other groups may have the opportunity to refresh critical care skills or other skills in a clinically-focused continuing education course.


Subsequent to the January 28, 2004 Board of Regents approval of the project, invitations to bid on the Learning Laboratory were released by the university on March 16, 2004.

In order to create the Learning Laboratory, the following will occur:

Room 205 which is currently split into two classrooms, one being a typical table and chair classroom and the other being a teaching laboratory which provides students with a mock medical environment. With this project, room 205 will be reconfigured into nine (9) stations for mock a medical environment, including specific areas for OR, ICU and OB; a ten (10) station computer teaching lab; a mock reception area; a mock waiting room; and two (2) smaller classrooms.

Room 202 is currently provides a medical clinic type setting. This room will be reconfigured to allow more privacy in order to comply with current medical requirements, but will retain its medical clinic type setting.

Sealed bids were submitted by three (3) general contractors and were publicly opened on March 31, 2004.

After careful evaluation, it is recommended to award the contract to Florence General Contractors. (Summary of all bids below.)

Bidder Bid

Florence General Contractors $ 118,443.00

D.F. Osborne Construction $ 124,999.00

Kendall Construction $ 126,911.00

Total project budget approved by the Board on January 28, 2004 is $550,000.


An expenditure of $118,443 from the FY 2003-2004 General Fund Budget as approved by the Board of Regents on January 28, 2004.


President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve awarding a contract to Florence General Contractors in the amount of $118,443 for the remodeling and creation of the School of Nursing Learning Lab, Petro Allied Health Center.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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