Future Home

A new home in 2020

In less than two years, an old Endicott Johnson Shoe Corp. factory at 48 Corliss Ave. in downtown Johnson City, N.Y., will be the new home for hundreds of Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences students when the college relocates to Binghamton University's Health Sciences Campus.

Rendering of proposed nursing school at 48 Corliss Ave.
The building at 48 Corliss Ave. was originally called the Endicott Johnson Pioneer Annex and was built in 1916. Photography: Physical Facilities Department.

Quick facts about the project

  • The 93,000-square-foot building will be completely renovated
  • An addition in the rear of the building will be demolished
  • A new, 20,000-square-foot addition will be built
  • This will result in 113,000 square feet of classroom, clinical laboratory, simulation and research space occupying six floors

Anticipated layout and amenities by floor

Ground floor

The ground floor will feature a food court, lounge, information commons, library, help desk, academic advising suite and a large multipurpose room with its own kitchen (the food court will also have a kitchen). The multipurpose room can be used as event or classroom space. There will also be a gallery celebrating the building's history.

Second floor

Decker's Innovative Simulation and Practice Center (ISPC) will occupy the entire second floor. Simulation spaces will include debriefing rooms and storage for the center's high-fidelity mannequins. Practice spaces will include a 19-bed learning lab set up as a hospital unit with a classroom in the center.

Floors three through six

The remaining four floors of the building will be dedicated to offices and classrooms. The fourth floor will also be home to the dean's suite and the Kresge Center for Nursing Research, and the third floor will include a studio for high-quality recording of online courses.

Project status

October 2019: The roof is complete and weather tight. Exterior restoration of the building is nearing completion. Inside, a variety of projects are taking place. Drywall is installed in some areas, while in others, metal studs are in place with drywall to follow. Window frames are being installed. The steel tower structure for the addition (which will be the main entrance) is complete. Work on mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems is in progress. 

About the Health Sciences Center

Binghamton University's Health Sciences Center
Binghamton University's Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City is just 2.3 miles from the Vestal campus. Photography: Physical Facilities Department.

The 13-acre Health Sciences Campus is home to Binghamton's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which opened in July 2018. A research and development building for the pharmacy school is in design and planning stages. The anticipated relocation of Decker College in 2020 will coincide with the opening of the Ford Family Senior Care Center that will provide integrative, primary healthcare and holistic health and wellness services to the community through collaborative partnerships.