Wilmington College students’ arrival in late August coincided with the opening of the fully renovated and expanded Center for the Sciences and Agriculture (CSA). While the formal grand opening ceremony was held during Homecoming/Alumni Reunion Weekend in early October, the facility received a “pre-christening” when Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, visited with students in two of the agriculture labs before giving a national address on rural development.
The former Kettering Science Hall served Wilmington College students well since opening in 1960, but its aging infrastructure and the recent influx of students in agriculture and the sciences brought about a need for a renovation and expansion. Gifts and pledges totaling more than $8.4 million have been made to the $14 million CSA with just over a year remaining in the Leave Your Mark Campaign.
The Center for the Sciences includes the renovated 34,000 square-foot former Kettering Science Hall and a 13,500 square-foot addition. The facility hosts 10 classrooms, 10 laboratories, three research labs, two 100-seat lecture halls and 30 offices. The CSA, which was designed for Silver LEED certification as an environmentally friendly facility, is the College’s largest academic building.
“With this new building, science majors have a whole new perspective. The modern technology now gives us a greater opportunity to excel, giving us an edge over other schools which we did not have before.”
David Spraul ’17