What will this facility mean for WCU, our students, our faculty, and our community?

This new building will allow us to teach the next generation of North Carolina’s scientists in a 21st century facility where they can learn the latest techniques and approaches and apply that knowledge in real-world research. In short it will allow WCU to:

  • Train the Talent. New classrooms, modern laboratories, and increased capacity to will train North Carolina’s next generation of scientists, engineers, and health professionals using the latest equipment and teaching techniques.
  • Transform the Economy. A place to provide the research to feed regional industries such as natural products chemistry and the biological and biomedical sciences in an economically challenged region of rural North Carolina.
  • Break Down Barriers. Collaboration spaces for students and faculty in the natural and physical sciences, computer science, and engineering to work together to learn, solve problems, and discover.

Where does the funding come from?

This project was approved by the citizens of North Carolina in March 2016 as part of the Connect NC bond referendum. We are very grateful for this support.

What will the new building look like?

Our design team from Lord Aeck Sargent is working with a broad campus constituency to develop a design that will be a hallmark of our campus for years to come. We will post drawings as they are available. 

What departments will the new building house?

The new building will be home of the Department of Biology, the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and the interdisciplinary program in Forensic Science. It will also have a computational lab, a global information system lab, a forensic anthropology lab, and a wide range of teaching and research labs to support STEM education at WCU.

When will construction start?

After completing our design process, we hope to begin construction early in 2018. Our construction manager, Skanska USA, will lead this process in collaboration with leaders from WCU’s Facilitation Management and Academic Affairs.

When will the new building be open for classes?

Our goal is to have WCU’s new science building open for classes for the fall semester of 2021.

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