Notre Dame of Maryland University will break ground Wednesday on a new building for the schools of Nursing and Education.

The $12.5 million building, to be located on what is now a parking lot behind Doyle Hall, is envisioned as a 36,500-square-foot facility. No completion date is set for the overall building, but the portion housing the School of Nursing will be ready for fall 2013.

That portion has to be ready, because students enrolled in the School of Nursing, which started in 2011, will be juniors in 2013 and need to start clinical studies for their four-year degrees.

"The timeliness is to be prepared for those students," said Nancy Carr, a Notre Dame spokeswoman.


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The groundbreaking is set for 12:15 p.m.

The state-of-the-art, "technologically rich," building will serve a combined 2,000 students in the two schools," states a press release.

The new space will allow the School of Education to offer professional development for local preK-12 school faculties, the press release states.

The building will feature a lobby, hub and gallery to foster interaction and teamwork, the release states. The building will also feature the Center for Caring with Technology to educate bedside nurses. The center also will have simulation labs for labor and delivery, pediatrics, patient rooms and observation rooms.