Summer is typically quiet at West Virginia Wesleyan College. This year, however, the sounds of hammers, bulldozers, and other machinery can be heard across the campus. Construction and renovations projects totaling $7.5 million are now underway.
In August, Wesleyan will open the new O’Roark Nordstrom Welcome Center on College Avenue with a gift made possible from Bruce and Jeanne O’Roark Nordstrom ’70 and the Reeves Foundation of Princeton, NJ. The Center will be the home of the College’s Admissions and Financial Aid Offices. The facility is the fourth new building to be constructed on the campus in the past eight years. It will join the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, the David. E. Reemsnyder Research Center, and Dunn Residence Hall.
Wesleyan has three other major renovation projects that will be completed in August. Doney Hall, which was first opened in 1962, is also receiving a major facelift. The residence hall will feature air conditioning and provide 55 singles and seven double rooms.
Ross Field, which has served as the home of Wesleyan’s football and track and field teams, is experiencing a major transformation into a multi-purpose athletic complex. The first phase of the project includes turf and a new eight-lane track. The new Ross Field will accommodate cross country, football, intramurals, lacrosse, the marching band, soccer, and track and field.
Sod replacement, new bleachers, and a new press box will highlight the upgrades to the Wood Street Soccer Field, the third major project. The changes are made possible by a gift to the College by Marvin Culpepper ’51, Hon. ’06 and Elaine Karnes Culpepper ’54, Hon. ’06.
In addition to these major projects, Wesleyan is also replacing roofs for Agnes Howard Hall, Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library, McCuskey Hall, and Wesley Chapel. The College has several more infrastructure initiatives underway, along with a number of painting projects.
“Our campus is lively with activity,” remarked President Pamela Balch ’71. “We are delighted about the additions and renovations, and able to address nine of our top ten deferred maintenance projects. We know our students will greatly benefit from all of these initiatives.”