Center for the Sciences and Agriculture

College to Renovate and Expand Science & Agriculture Center
 

The project for the new science and agriculture facility will transform the teaching of math, science and agriculture at Wilmington College. WC broke ground in January 24, 2014, for a 13,500-square foot addition to its 34,000 square-foot present facility, which will undergo a complete renovation. Expected completion is Summer 2015.

(LEFT) This rendering features a view of the north side. The addition is on the left and the renovated building on the right.

Combined, these will become the new Center for the Sciences and Agriculture, where teaching and learning will be taken to new levels with special emphasis placed upon opportunities for hands-on learning, including student research and other student/faculty interaction. The new addition and renovated structure will house 10 laboratories, three research labs, 10 classrooms, two conference rooms and 30 offices. It has been designed to achieve a silver or gold LEED certification as an environmentally friendly “green” building in its design, construction, operation and maintenance.

The existing part of the facility will be reconfigured and upgraded for optimal use of space with a special consideration placed upon the building infrastructure. The new wing will feature additional student-focused amenities and will offer a stunning view from the campus mall.

(RIGHT) This rendering features the facility as seen from the campus mall. The building addition is shown.

The facility will accommodate the record numbers of agriculture and science students enrolling at the College. Wilmington is known for having excellent students and faculty in these areas, as well as up-to-date instrumentation. Now, WC will have a facility to match these outstanding individuals in the sciences and agriculture.

This direct benefit to Wilmington’s students will, in turn, result in graduates that are better able to attain good jobs and excel in their fields, enroll in graduate and professional schools, and embark upon successful and self-actualizing careers.

Erika Goodwin, vice president for academic affairs, expressed the excitement felt by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends at the groundbreaking ceremony held in January.

“The Center for the Sciences and Agriculture will be a core building for us on campus as every student that comes to WC will have courses in that building,” she said, noting that, while it will serve to highlight the College’s agriculture, natural science and math programs, in actuality it will serve all of WC’s academic programs. “The new building will better represent the strength of our academic programs and is just one of many new and exciting things happening on campus.”