New Construction: Building a Bright Future

Wofford College is pleased to be a college on the move with construction projects underway that enhace and promote the college's academic programming and residential offerings. Current new construction projects on campus include:

Components of the five-year plan include an increase of approximately 125 students over the next five years and an enhancement of academic and residential facilities, including:

Construction of Jerome Johnson Richardson Hall in the heart of campus

Named in honor of the donor for the project, the 150-bed residence hall will be located where Andrews Field House now sits and will overlook the college’s Russell King Field at Switzer Stadium, where the Terriers play baseball, and Snyder Field, the college’s soccer field. The residence hall will house a variety of student activities facilities on its main floor, and will provide beautiful living, fellowship and study areas for students. Jerome Johnson Richardson Hall, opening Fall 2020, will be the first student housing built on Wofford’s campus since 2011.

Construction of Chandler Center for Environmental Studies

The Chandler Center for Environmental Studies, named in honor of longtime college supporters J. Harold and Delores Wilson Chandler, will open in the fall of 2020. The 20,000-square-foot facility will be Green Globe Certified for its sustainable and environmentally conscious features, such as a partial green roof and solar roof panels. The building will feature advanced laboratory space, a seminar room, outdoor patio and garden spaces, and classroom and office space for Wofford’s Department of Environmental Studies as well as the other sciences. The building also will include a system for capturing rainwater for irrigation and will use cross-laminated timbers, which are made of sustainable, all-wood construction. Green Globe certification is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of the facility.

Renovation of the Sandor Teszler Library

The 2014 Strategic Vision called for the creation of an academic commons, focusing on redesigning the library as the “connecting point for student scholarship, learning resources and cutting-edge educational technology.” The Sandor Teszler Library was constructed 50 years ago. This will be the first major renovation since then, impacting everything from the ability for student collaboration and scholarly dialogue to additional electronic outlets for student laptops and chargers. “The academic commons will be home to a wide variety of student services, including the Writing Center, peer tutoring, the Center for Innovation and Learning, research assistance, technical help, practice areas and personal librarians,” says Kevin Reynolds, dean of the library. “The library renovation will include a coffee bar, spaces for study and areas for poetry readings.” The library renovation is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2020.

Renovation to Burwell Dining Hall

AVI Foodsystems, Wofford’s culinary services partner, is excited to invest in a total renovation of Burwell Dining Hall that will focus on the AVI vision of “Fresh Food Forward.”

“We look forward to bringing specialized food areas into the dining hall so we may prepare food in full view of our student guests,” says Walter Miller, district manager of AVI Fresh. “Healthy, fresh and sustainable food options are more than a model for us — it’s a way of life for the AVI team.” The renovation to Burwell will include a modern glass atrium, elevator, culinary options on both floors and an increase of about 150 seats. The Burwell renovation is expected to be complete by Winter 2021.