Below are some important updates about the construction of the 175,000 square-foot Sciences & Engineering Center and the Commons (SECC), which is the largest single building project ever to be undertaken in the history of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and its 14 institutions. Know that our staff, design and construction management professionals and construction crews continue to move toward the end goal of completing the project during the fall of 2020.
As with all large, multi-phased construction projects, challenges surface, or are dug up in this case, relative to the land’s historic 148-year lifespan. Upon digging through multiple layers of soils, we have discovered unsuitable soil requiring us to off-load hundreds of additional truckloads of debris. This unsuitable soil removal requires excavation to a depth greater than anticipated. We then must refill this space area with suitable soils onto which the foundation of the building can be placed. Essentially, we are recreating the earth where the building will ultimately rest.
WCU Facilities is working hard to minimize as much disruption as possible while construction is in process. At the same time, the safety of our community is first and foremost. Thank you for continuing to follow posted signage and any necessary detours. This is an exciting time for WCU and we have much to celebrate as we create a true state-of-the-art experience for our students to enjoy.