Walsh College will break ground for the $15 million addition and renovation to its Troy campus at 3838 Livernois at a special ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register at www.walshcollege.edu/groundbreaking.
Originally announced last April, the project will include a two-story, 27,000 square-foot renovation and addition to Walsh’s original Troy campus building, built in the 1970s, and a 28,000 square-foot renovation to existing interior spaces. Construction is anticipated to take 18 months.
The addition will encompass distinct pavilions with a business-communication focused student success center, a student lounge, and a “one-stop” student services center.
“Along with recently announced enhancements to our graduate business programs, the groundbreaking underscores the bright future we envision for Walsh, our students, and the community,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.
“New and updated facilities offer a contemporary learning and teaching environment ideally suited for students and faculty, and also present a modern face to the community,” Bergeron added.
The technologically advanced student success center will focus on the development of business-communication skills critical
to leadership roles. The student lounge will have an interactive meeting space ideal for collaboration, as well as additional study areas.
The student services center will house departments ranging from admissions to career services. It will provide efficient, “one-stop” service and private spaces for academic advising, support, and corporate recruiting.
Walsh’s student body now totals more than 4,000, nearly evenly divided between men and women. More than 91 percent attend part-time. About 83 percent of the College’s 26,000 alumni live in Michigan.
Other recent building renovations at Walsh College’s Troy campus have included the 37,000 square-foot Jeffrey W. Barry Center, completed in 2007; the Blackstone LaunchPad for entrepreneurs in 2010; a Barnes & Noble bookstore in 2012; and a Finance Lab in 2013.
The architect for the current project is Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Chicago.
With the impending start of construction, about 80 Walsh staff personnel have moved to temporary quarters at the Sheffield Center, Troy. Most direct student services and faculty, however, remain at the main campus on Livernois. In all cases, phone numbers, email, and mailing addresses are unchanged.
For more information about Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.