After two decades on the wish list, several years in planning and 24 months under construction, the fully renovated and expanded Center for the Sciences and Agriculture (CSA) was open for business when Wilmington College students arrived August 2016.
The College christened the $14 million facility as its newest jewel in the crown at a grand opening celebration that was preceded by a visit from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who described the CSA as a “value-added opportunity” for students.
The former Kettering Science Hall served Wilmington College students well since opening in 1960, but its aging infrastructure and the recent influx of students in agriculture and the sciences brought about a need for its renovation and expansion. To date, fundraising efforts have eclipsed the $7 million goal with more than $8.5 million secured in gifts and pledges, including a $1.5 million gift from the State of Ohio championed by House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and State Sen. Bob Peterson in support of agriculture education.
The Center for the Sciences and Agriculture includes the renovated 34,000 square-foot Kettering Science Hall and a 13,500 square-foot addition. The facility hosts 10 classrooms, 10 laboratories, three research labs, two 100-seat lecture halls and 30 offices. The CSA earned LEED certification as an environmentally friendly facility.