Posts Tagged ‘Widener new academic building’


A New Name for Widener’s Newest Building

October 27, 2011

The handsome edifice we have been referring to as “the new academic building” will soon be dedicated with a more memorable name: Founders Hall.

Constructed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the building is the university’s first “green” academic building.  The architecture of the home of the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute compliments that of Old Main.

A dedication ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in the lobby of Founders Hall and the ceremony will be webcast live.





Widener University: Almost Time for School

August 19, 2011

Widener University students will have some big helping hands to keep track of time this semester – thanks to the Pennsylvania Military College class of 1961.

This 16-foot high, 19th-century style clock now stands in the new traffic circle on 14th Street in front of University Center.  The clock is a gift from the 1961 PMC class, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.  Homecoming events include a champagne breakfast for the class of 1961 on Saturday, Oct. 1. Click here to see the complete homecoming weekend schedule.

Across from the clock, a classical colonnade welcomes visitors to the campus.   The finishing landscaping touches are underway on the grounds from 14th Street to the Wolfgram Memorial Library and from the new academic building to Kapelski Learning Center.  The School of Nursing has moved into the new academic building (It’s mostly obscured in this photo by the tree on the right; look for a photo of it next week.)

Orientation and freshman move-in day is next Wednesday, and classes start Aug. 29.


Progress on Widener’s New Academic Building

April 14, 2011

The side of the new academic building that includes the entrance to the Oskin Leadership Institute is beginning to look more like the finished product.  Compare the photo above with artist’s rendering below that was published in Widener Magazine last fall.

If you can make it to campus this Friday and/or Saturday for the Alumni Weekend events, be sure to check it out.  Also, note that due to a forecast for rain, the location for the kick-off rally for Taking the Lead — The Campaign for Widener has changed to the gymnasium in the Schwartz Athletic Center.


Widener Work Underway on the Old and New

March 15, 2011

While work is moving along rapidly on the new academic building on Widener University’s Main Campus, the portico is being rebuilt on one of its oldest buildings.

Hyatt Hall, adjacent to the new academic building, was built in the late 1860s and acquired by Pennsylvania Military College in 1917.  It served as the home of the Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School until the school’s closing in 1956. Hyatt Hall later housed the Department of Education, and after renovations in 1999, the hall still provides the home for the university’s Center for Education.  Click here to see a photo of the building in 1890 from the Delaware Historical Society and here for the Hyatt family history.

The photo above is from 10:15 a.m. today, and you can follow progress on the new academic building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute via a live web camera.


A Hole in the Ground No More — Widener University’s New Academic Building Rising

November 17, 2010

The fall issue of Widener Magazine features a photo I took on Aug. 19 of the construction of the New Academic Building.  From the third floor of Muller Hall, home of Admissions, the site was literally a deep hole in the ground.  Today, it is taller than Muller Hall, as you can see below from a photo taken moments ago from the same vantage point.  Click here for photos of today’s topping off event, and here to see a live web cam of the construction site.   — Sam Starnes, Editor


Dirt Turning, Bricks Moving: Follow Progress on Widener University’s New Academic Building

July 21, 2010

Work is underway on the new academic building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute in the heart of Widener’s campus.  To monitor the building’s progress, you can check out a live web camera.  You can read more about the 35,000 square foot building slated to be in use by 2012 at, and view a video walk-through of the building.

Pictured below, workers on Wednesday afternoon removed a brick walkway running alongside the construction site in preparation of forthcoming heavy construction vehicles.


Open Space For New Widener Building

March 17, 2010

Demolition of Victory and Loveland halls wrapped up late last week, clearing space for the new academic building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Institute.  Construction is set to begin this summer, but for now there is a temporary side view of Old Main from the Kapelski Learning Center.

Below is a panoramic shot of that view taken from the lawn of the Kapelski lawn on Wednesday afternoon that shows, from left, Alumni Auditorium, Old Main, Muller Hall (admissions), Hyatt Hall and University Center.  You can click on the image to enlarge it, but please forgive any slight distortions as this image consists of three photographs digitally stitched together.

And here is a cropped image of the artist’s rendering of plans for the new academic building.  I tried to take the picture above from roughly the same vantage point as the drawing below, although the image below does not have the panoramic width.

— Sam Starnes, Editor