The University of Delaware celebrated a construction milestone on Tuesday when a final steel beam was put into place on a new 10-story STAR Tower. A crowd of 150 looked on as the skeletal frame “topped out,” which means the project is well on its’ way to completion.
The College of Health Sciences will occupy roughly two thirds of the 120,000-square-foot STAR Tower. Community members with a variety of medical issues, such as Parkinson’s disease, speech disorders and kidney disease, may one day find themselves inside one of STAR Tower’s suites.
Governor John Carney (D-Del.), who spoke on the occasion, noted STAR Campus’ transformation from a shuttered Chrysler factory, which during its time in operation employed thousands of people and pumped millions of dollars into the local economy, to now an institution of higher learning with a promise of innovation. “This is ground zero for the new economy in the state of Delaware.”
The building is a collaboration between by a private developer and the University, which owns the land. Its tenants will include UD’s College of Health Sciences and outside businesses whose missions complement those of the University.
“Partnerships make all of this possible,” UD President Dennis Assanis said. “Partnerships are essential for a modern research university like UD. They link our scholarship to action and they extend our reach into the world.”