Campus Construction: What has Already Been Done, and What is Next

Posted on September 26, 2012 by


Photo by Erika Anderson

New and returning students alike this semester were greeted construction upon their arrival at WSU and will be seeing more of it as time progresses throughout next few years.

Currently the library is being refaced to have a more modern appeal. A metal over clad is being installed over the original brick exterior and will be finished before the calendar year is over. Also, the new exterior will be water proof as well to prevent water leakage within the building. Thermal qualities will also be brought up to modern code standards. Built in 1968, the LRC has already seen some renovation throughout the years; in 2010 the main floor was overhauled and a café was added to give students a more welcoming study space and place to recharge and grab a bite or drink at the same time.

Also, according to the university’s construction website, in 2009, “the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, now the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, awarded the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management $560,000 to support a 105KW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic installation on Worcester State’s Learning Resource Center.” Thus making the building a greener place and creating less of an energy need.

There will be more projects in the near future as well. These include a Health and Wellness Center and also a new residence building which will include a new dining hall with expanded capacity. Recently, at the President’s Brunch on September 22, WSU President Barry Maloney spoke about the construction and said that the new dining hall would be able to seat over 600 people.

The new residence building that will house this larger dining hall is slated to be open in 2014. It will be located overlooking John F. Coughlin Field. The new dorm will house more than 400 students and will help take care of the high demand for housing on campus and give more students the experience of residing on campus.

The new Wellness Center will open sometime during the 2014- 2015 academic year. The 100,000 square foot facility is part of a list of project in the Commonwealth Capital investments. “Our student athletes and the general student population will benefit greatly from this new facility,” said President Maloney. The current gym building is only made to serve 400 people while the campus population is somewhere around 6,000.  “Not only will it support our educational programs, athletic programs and student fitness, it will be a terrific community resource,” said President Maloney. Wellness Center construction will begin in early in 2013 according to the Construction Web page.

One thing the students can already see in completed and be excited about is a community garden that was built over the summer. The garden is located across the street from the campus and is a collective effort being maintained by WSU staff, faculty, and of course students.

Anyone looking to learn more about campus construction is encouraged to visit

For more information on WSU construction, people can also keep check the Student Voice each month for updates. Also, breaking updates will be made available on our website in between issues.


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