Campus transformed with new residence hall and academic building additions


Academy Street Dining Residence
This year’s freshman class has a wide array of dining options at the new Caesar Rodney Dining Hall.

Caesar Rodney Dining and Residence Hall

Caesar Rodney Dining Hall and the adjoining residence hall are all about change. Twice the size of Pencader Dining Hall and serving about 6,000 meals per day, students who enter Caesar Rodney will be able to see food being prepared right in front of them.

Housing 400 freshmen, the new residence hall features state-of-the-art conditions and a sustainable design that places it in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.

Each floor features a larger lounge centered around the rooms, designed to promote students to connect with one another. Rodney also features a large commons for residents to use including quiet study rooms, space for complex-wide activities and a large common lounge.

“This is a dream come true for student engagement,” Alex Waad, a senior resident assistant, said.

Life Sciences Research Facility

The two-story extension of the Life Science Research Facility that will house the university’s fMRI machine began this summer and is expected to be complete by February 2016, according to the university website.

“An MRI machine on campus can benefit all of our departments at Delaware,” Dawn Elliott, director of the university’s biomedical engineering program, said.

The machine can not only scan structures of the brain, but it can be used to see how the brain reacts and responds to physiological changes.

“Whether you’re a psychology or a bioengineering major this kind of imaging capability will be able to enhance the learning for all,” she said.

JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center

Purnell Hall underwent extensive construction this summer during the installation of the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center. The new facility will allow students from the Lerner College and the College of Engineering to collaborate with faculty members and JPMorgan employees on research projects and on-campus job opportunities.

The site’s grand opening will take place Oct. 8 and will feature tours of the center, a ribbon cutting ceremony and a building dedication, according to an email sent out by the business school.

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