DelVal’s Life Sciences Building is moving towards a fall groundbreaking
Jul 25, 2012
Delaware Valley College has approval from Doylestown Township to move ahead with its planned Life Sciences Building, which will provide new opportunities for both DelVal students and the community.
The College is planning to break ground on the project in October, with the goal of having full use of the building by January 2014. The Center will be constructed near Route 202 and will be one of the first things that prospective students, other visitors and passing motorists see on campus.
“From my perspective, I would say that the Center is moving along well,” said Project Manager Steve Cantrell. “There’s a lot of great momentum and speed behind the project. We’re really excited about the process at this point.”
The $15 million Life Sciences Center will be a signature building for the College’s Doylestown campus. The lower level of the Center will include: six 40-seat classrooms, a 16-seat conference room, an atrium, and a 450-seat auditorium. The upper level will include: a seventh 40-seat classroom, laboratories, including a GIS lab, and open space.
It will provide more laboratories and classroom space, as well as a large gathering place for college and community events.
DelVal is planning to equip the classrooms and laboratories with state-of-the art technology.
“We’re going to buy the latest and greatest technology that’s out there,” said Cantrell, who said the College is waiting until closer to the opening to purchase equipment in order to get the newest technology.
As a school that values sustainable practices, DelVal will be paying careful attention to building the Center in an environmentally friendly way. The Center will be built using LEED practices, but the College will not seek LEED certification.
DelVal will be working with as many minority-owned, veteran-owned, and women-owned businesses as possible during the construction process.
“That’s a goal we’re tracking and focusing on,” said Cantrell, who said the College is also very interested in working with alumni-owned businesses.
After an extensive RFP process, IMC Construction was selected as the contractor for the project. IMC is an industry-leading national construction firm that has extensive experience in educational, commercial, healthcare, institutional, and industrial construction. IMC has done work for clients such as The University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Kimmel Bogrette is the architect for the project. Kimmel Bogrette is an award-winning design firm based in Conshohocken, Pa. The firm has done work for several other higher education institutions including clients such as Temple University.
Cantrell is also interested in using the project as a learning opportunity for DelVal’s students. IMC and DeVal will present information sessions and classes to the College and community as the project evolves. One of the topics expected to be covered is the LEED practices being used in the construction of the building.
“I see opportunities for our business and landscape architecture classes,” said Cantrell. “I’m open to letting some of our students provide input. It’s a chance for practical application of knowledge.”
Funding from the project will come from the gift from The Warwick Foundation, a $3.2 million grant from the state, and private donations.