Traveling through North Wilmington on busy Concord Pike, it’s hard to miss Wilmington University’s gleaming new facility (next to the bright red barn), which will open for students come January.
With construction nearly complete, and furniture, desks and equipment in place, the school provided a sneak peek yesterday, giving reporters their first look at the facility located at the intersection of the Route 202 and Beaver Valley Road.
The first of three state-of-the-art buildings that will be constructed on the 41.5-acre development will house several health and sciences programs and serve students with 21st Century educational amenities.
The 60,000 square-foot, 3-story facility represents the University’s first campus location in Northern New Castle County, where the school hopes to attract nearby residents of Northern Delaware and Pennsylvania. Forty-two percent of the university’s enrollment is made up of New Castle County residents.
The main building houses 21 classrooms, science and computer labs, a library, cafe, and the Student Success Center.
Bright sunlight streams into the front and sides of the LEED-certified building, where students studying nursing and healthcare will work and do research in classrooms which mirror real hospital rooms — with patient beds and divider curtains. Designed by Homsey Architects (in Wilmington), the glass walls of the rear facade of the main building are situated to take advantage of views of the woodland area behind the campus.
The University preserved a historic schoolhouse and barn on the property and has incorporated new walking trails and sustainable development practices into the Concord Pike development.
Health sciences is not the only area of study that will be offered at the new school location. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes in business, computer science, healthcare administration, higher education leadership, sports management – and for the first time, criminal justice – will be offered at the Brandywine Hundred campus.
The Criminal Justice Institute will offer customized professional development and training to law enforcement professionals.
With the opening of the Brandywine location, Wilmington University’s Silverside location will close.
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