Campus Projects Are Transforming Wilkes
Wilkes is in the midst of a $100 million campus enhancement plan that will help the University achieve a decades-long dream of building a traditional, residential campus fully integrated into the City of Wilkes-Barre. These unprecedented investments will create a cohesive look and feel on campus, while improving safety and alleviating traffic congestion. Here is a look at some of the projects that will take place over the next two years.
The Campus Gateway Project
An expanded gateway will link the southern part of campus to the heart of campus in the same way that the Karambelas East Campus Gateway links Main Street to the Fenner Quadrangle. The project includes generous pedestrian walkways, gathering areas and event spaces.
Campus Enhancement Project
The creation of new green space and a companion gateway at the south entrance to the Henry Student Center will transform a utilitarian area into a gathering space for students and all members of the campus community. Redesigned parking areas and landscaping will enhance both attractiveness and safety.
Engineering Innovation Center
More than 15,000 square feet of space in Stark Learning Center is being renovated into a state-of-the-art engineering facility that will meet the changing needs of the engineering field through a flexible design, emphasis on collaboration, and equipment that supports industry. Highlights include additive manufacturing and high-performance computing labs, a 3-D visualization space, two large flex labs, industry collaboration space, and lounge areas.
Ralston Athletic Complex
An extensive renovation of the Ralston Athletic Complex will include a first-class baseball stadium, an additional multi-purpose turf field, a dedicated tennis center and spectator conveniences.