Classes began in the new WIU-QC Riverfront Campus buildings on August 25, 2014. In addition, BGS advisors Jacquelyn Holan and Kenny Wheeler moved into one of the new buildings, as well.
In 2003, a donation from Deere & Company of 20 acres of land on the Moline riverfront provided the stimulus for an expanded WIU Quad Cities campus.
The 94,800 square foot classroom complex, allows WIU-QC to further its mission as a comprehensive public university for the region by serving more than 3,000 Quad Cities-area students. The facilities house academic programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services and Fine Arts and Communication, the library, the Writing Center, as well as academic and student services.
“We look forward to beginning the Fall 2014 semester in our new buildings on the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront campus,” said WIU President Jack Thomas. “The Riverfront campus provides the region with outstanding educational opportunities, and it fills the need for public higher education in the Quad Cities.”
WIU-QC BGS Advisor Kenny Wheeler said, “The new and continued additions to the Riverfront campus gives us an opportunity to create and establish a student-centered campus focused on student learning, student engagement, and an environment that allows for increased student and faculty interaction on and off campus. This place is truly becoming a home for students looking to continue their education in the Quad Cities region.”
Phase II buildings are sustainably constructed and operated. Green amenities will include geothermal heating and cooling, emphasis on use of daylight, native landscaping, green roof treatments and an emphasis on energy efficiency. Western will pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, which builds on the LEED Silver certification received for Phase 1.
“It is an exciting time to watch even more students build their future at Western Illinois University,” Dr. Joe Rives, Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning added.
A grand opening/ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3. For more information on the WIU-QC Riverfront campus, visit wiu.edu/qc.
Credit: University Relations