Southern Vermont College to Move Nursing and Radiologic Sciences Facilities to Vermont Mill this Summer

May 17, 2012

Southern Vermont College will move its nursing and radiologic sciences education operations into a new, downtown Bennington location, the Vermont Mill Properties this summer, according to Acting President James Beckwith. Vermont Mill, located on Benmont Avenue and owned by CEO Jon Goodrich, has leased over 10,000 square feet of space to the College to relocate its Nursing Division and Radiologic Sciences Division administrative offices, classroom space, Simulation Laboratory, fundamentals laboratory and energized laboratory into one centralized area. The new space is tentatively called the Southern Vermont College Healthcare Education Center.

“Our Nursing and Radiologic Sciences Divisions continue to grow,” said Beckwith, “and with that, we needed to find space which will bring all facets of the Divisions together – classes, which have been held at the Bennington Center for the Arts; Simulation Lab for clinical, which have been in Hunter Hall on campus. We’ve been looking at downtown space for a while; our goal is to increase opportunities for the Bennington community as well as offer downtown business amenities for our students. Now, with the Healthcare Education Center, Nursing and Radiologic Sciences students will have their own campus, with great parking and shuttle service back to the main campus.”

Beckwith also cited the full-time access to the space; former classes at the Bennington Center for the Arts, while “a beautiful location for classrooms,” according to Beckwith, was not available on a full-time basis. “The Vermont Mill property allows us to have evening and weekend classes,” he added. The Nursing and Radiologic Sciences Divisions will take up 10,000 square footage of space on the third and fourth floor of the Mill building, with seven offices, two large classrooms and two smaller classrooms, larger space for the Simulation Laboratory and fundamentals laboratory, and a student lounge, restrooms and meeting/conference room.

Beckwith cited local contractors, including Centerline Architects, who have been lined up for the work to configure and renovate the space this summer. The new Healthcare Education Center will be fully operational for students for the fall semester, according to Beckwith. “We are grateful to Jon Goodrich, who is a former trustee of Southern Vermont College for helping to structure a ten-year lease that works for us financially,” Beckwith added. “We look forward to many years at the Mill.”

The Mill, which dates back to the 1880s when it was the Holden-Leonard Company, was at one time one of the largest industrial ventures in southern Vermont, employing hundreds of employees to manufacture fine woolens, cashmeres and eventually fabrics made for uniforms for World War I. Today, the Mill houses other manufacturing companies and a racquetball and fitness facility.