DSU to construct new science building – Delaware Business Times
Katie Tafling April 11, 2022
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The new Agriculture, Science, and Technology building will replace DSU’s baseball field on the southern edge of the Dover campus. | Image courtesy of DSU
Dover – With some vacant land available from its second campus, Delaware State University will soon begin construction of a new agricultural sciences building.
Plans show a 24,250-square-foot building including greenhouse bulkheads at former baseball fields at the south end of the campus. The building will include classrooms, an auditorium, exhibition area, kitchen, and collaboration space as well as offices. DSU will begin work on the project on April 25.
“We haven’t built an academic building on this campus since 2010, and we will do so this year,” Allen told the General Assembly’s Joint Capital Improvement Committee during their March 31 hearing.
The new Agriculture, Science, and Technology building will cost $8 million, and is funded by a similar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in addition to $1.2 million from the state’s share of the US Federal Bailout Act funds. Classes in the Baker Building will be moved to the new building, and the Baker Building will be repaired for future use.
DSU College of Agriculture, Science and Technology It is a research facility and collaborates with both the public and private sectors in research partnerships. Through its Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research, the university collaborates in environmental and life sciences research with Delaware Community College of Technology and the University of Delaware.
DSU hopes to ramp up the infrastructure needed to rapidly grow its academic and research efforts to tackle food insecurity on a global scale, DSU spokesperson Carlos Holmes told the Delaware Business Times. Through another partnership with the USDA to conduct research at the university, DSU hopes the new facility will bring it closer to the latest technology. agricultural sciences.
DSU has moved its baseball team to Reed Field in DSU Downtown. Since Delaware’s historically only Black University struck the deal on the former Wesley campus, it has at times been left with duplicate facilities, including sports complexes, residences, offices, and classrooms.
Some space has been used on the 50-acre campus in downtown Dover. Two of the six residence halls housed students for the fall semester, and minor renovations were made to the academic buildings over the past summer to use the space. Allen and his management committed to spending $5 million annually over the next three years to renovate DSU’s downtown campus.
The biggest ambition is to integrate the two colleges’ health programs under the Wesley College of Health and Behavioral Sciences umbrella. That college has 70 programs, and requires many semesters to be open and ready for students.
Renovations last year have focused on the former Budd Hall, to house the Social Service and Psychology departments, while the Department of Public Health and Allies has moved to Johnston Hall, which is three blocks from DSU Downtown Campus.
In March, the university’s Board of Trustees agreed to spend $968,560 to make the DSU Downtown College Center ADA compliant as well as tear down some walls in four offices and convert some spaces into classrooms.
Stacey Downing, DSU’s chief administrative officer, told DBT that the target timeframe for moving the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences to downtown Dover is mid-June.