Walsh College will make $15 million in improvements to its Troy campus on Livernois Road, the school announced today. Construction, which is expected to take 18 months, will begin in late summer.
“This initiative underscores Walsh College’s long-term commitment to the growth and vibrancy that we see in southeast Michigan and Troy,” says Stephanie Bergeron, the institution’s president and CEO. “The improvements represent our high-quality educational programs, meet the needs of today’s students, and put a contemporary face on the Walsh College business brand.”
Chicago-based Valerio Dewalt Train Associates will lead the project, which includes a two-story, 27,000-square-foot renovation and addition as well as renovations to 28,000 square feet of existing space. The addition will include a business-communication focused student success center, which will allow students to practice and record presentations in various digital and electronic formats. It also will provide workstations and presentation areas, simulate leading workplace environments, and offer video conferencing capabilities.
Other new offerings include a student lounge that will add more study areas as well as promote collaboration, while a “one-stop” student services center will house departments ranging from admissions to career counseling.
Walsh intends to apply for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification once the project is completed.
Other recent building renovations at Walsh College — where the student body now totals 4,200 — include the Blackstone LaunchPad in 2010, a Barnes and Noble bookstore in 2012, and a finance lab in 2013. In addition to Troy, Walsh operates a campus in Novi, is a charter partner of the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, and offers courses at the SC4 University Center in Port Huron.