Set to open in spring 2014, the new Life Sciences Building will have an auditorium, an atrium, labs, conference rooms, and classrooms. On the grounds will be a natural amphitheater for concerts, events and gatherings.
The construction will cost $15 million. The plan took on life with support from a $3.2 million state grant, and the Gemmill gift. The College and its supporters will fund the remainder of the cost. Joseph Umosella '63, who passed away in February, committed $1 million toward the building.
Once the construction process is further along, a camera mounted at the site will provide a livestream on our website, as well as time-lapse photography to watch the construction over time.
Kimmel Bogrette, a firm in Conshohocken, Pa., is the architect. The design, while somewhat modern, draws on the style of other campus buildings.
The design features a lot of glass, to allow for natural light to come through. One of the most unique elements is a glass-enclosed staircase that extends outward in a semi-circle on the left side of the building. A person on the staircase will be able to look out onto the historic gates of the campus.
The atrium fronts the 450-seat auditorium, which will be place to host both college and community events. The auditorium will be used for lectures, but it also will bring DelVal its first true performance space. It is the likely venue for a forthcoming speakers’ series, concerts, and other weekend events.
Building Project Manager Dr. Steve Cantrell called it another example of the momentum building on campus.
“It makes a statement that Delaware Valley College is moving forward,” he said. “It allows people to see the vision physically come into play.”