Groundbreaking set for new Warren Wilson College academic facility

April 12, 2017

Last instructional building erected in 1999

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Groundbreaking for Warren Wilson College’s new academic building is Saturday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m. This side of the new building faces the farm and garden.

For the first time in 18 years, Warren Wilson College is beginning construction on a new academic building. Located next to the Center for Community Engagement, the new instructional facility costs $6 million and opens in 2018. Groundbreaking is Saturday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m.

“As we continue to strengthen and enhance the academic culture of the College and our focus on excellence, the new academic building is central to our vision,” said Bill Christy, a 1979 alumnus and chairman of the College Board of Trustees. “It is part of a comprehensive strategic plan to provide facilities and opportunities for engaged learning that fully prepare our students and graduates for the future.”

Like Carson Hall, which was demolished in 2011, the new building will overlook the farm and gardens from its foundation next to the Spidel Memorial Building. The structure will feature six meeting spaces—ranging from 15-person seminar rooms to a 40-person flex classroom—and 19 faculty offices. The facility will cover 15,000 square feet and be built to LEED Gold standards.

The planned 15,000 square-foot academic building will be constructed at the intersection of two critical Warren Wilson College campus axes - one connecting the library to the farm and the other linking science labs with the log cabin, which houses the Work Program. It will be built in the same location as Carson Hall, a smaller classroom building that was central to the College for 80 years and reached the end of its sustainable use.
The planned 15,000 square-foot academic building will be constructed at the intersection of two critical Warren Wilson College campus axes – one connecting the library to the farm and the other linking science labs with the log cabin, which houses the Work Program. It will be built in the same location as Carson Hall, a smaller classroom building that was central to the College for 80 years and reached the end of its sustainable use.

“Beyond representing a significant investment in the future of academics at Warren Wilson College, the building also symbolizes the strong support of our community and its belief in the mission and values of the College,” said Warren Wilson College President Steve Solnick.

More than 160 people and 13 foundations came together to raise $4 million for the new building. The College already had the rest on hand for previously designated capital expenditures. No new borrowing was required.

This project has been a long time in the making. We believe that this project will highlight the commitment of the Board to facility renewal projects, and this building will create inspired flexible learning and meeting spaces for our students and faculty so as to meet our current and future needs,” Christy said.

The building is the latest in a 15-monthlong facility improvement project on the campus. New geothermal wells, HVAC chillers and roofs have been installed in and around various buildings. Additionally, new smart classroom technology and dormitory lounge furniture are in place along with new seats, acoustic panels and a high-definition projector in Kittredge Community Arts Center. More enhancements, including a remodeled blacksmith shop and a solar structure for the campus pool, should be finished by the end of 2017.

The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public and the press. Members of the media are asked to contact Kyle McCurry in the Office of Media Relations before the event. For more information about the new academic building, visit http://warren-wilson.edu/news/groundbreaking-set-for-new-warren-wilson-college-academic-facility.