West Chester University breaks ground on new $130m sciences building

WCN Editorial Team 29 Apr 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Pennsylvania-based West Chester University has broken ground on a new $130m Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons facility.

Touted to be the largest building project in the university’s 148-year history, the new three-storey, 176,000ft2 facility will be home to the university’s health science curricula, physics and the new biomedical engineering programme, along with expansive academic and support spaces.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the facility will include car parking garage for 450 vehicles. It will be built with an initial support of two leadership gifts.

ProMetrics founder, president and CEO and the University Marketing Department and the Pharmaceutical Product Development Program professor Marc Duey contributed $1m for the project.

ProMetrics offers decision support services to specialty biopharma executives with focus on patient-level data impacting prescription efficiency. The company claims to have served more than 150 clients and completed more than 10,000 projects and played an important role in launching several specialty brands, with sales in excess of $1bn per year.

Student Services, Incorporated (SSI), a not-for-profit organisation, designed to serve the students of West Chester University, contributed $1m for the project. The West Chester University Alumni Association had also donated $150,000 for the project.

Also contributing significantly to the building project is the West Chester University Alumni Association, which has donated $150,000.

West Chester University president Christopher Fiorentino said: “At a time when West Chester University enrolls more than 4,000 STEM majors, Marc and Maureen Duey; Student Services, Incorporated; and the West Chester University Alumni Association are investing in the next generation of WCU graduates who will enhance our region and our world as innovative engineers, nurses, nutritionists, physicists, public health professionals, and scientists.

“All of us are grateful to these generous benefactors who are creating new possibilities and great opportunities for an increasing number of WCU students who are dedicated to preparing themselves for high-performance careers that will make a considerable difference to many.”

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Image: Artist’s impression of West Chester University’s new science and engineering facility. Photo: Courtesy West Chester University.

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