Thiel College Breaks Ground on $16M Campus Improvement Project

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Thiel College broke ground Thursday on the first phase of a $16 million campus improvement project.

The project starts with improvements at the Rhodehouse Science Building, the largest building on campus. Upgrades include the creation of new classroom spaces and laboratories, such as a cadaver lab for the new physician assistant program.

Work will take place over the course of this academic year, with the graduate floor opening in July in time for the launch of Thiel College’s physician assistant program and the second year of the speech-language pathology program. The college secured financing for the project in October.

“We are committed to enriching the lives of our students. Many of those are from western Pennsylvania and will use their skills to enrich the region,” President Susan Traverso said in a statement. “Thiel College and our students continue to thrive.”

Construction is supported by $1 million from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

“This project is very important to (Mercer) County, but not just Mercer but many of the counties in the region,” said Gary Dovey, assistant secretary and treasurer of the Mercer County Industrial Development Authority and vice president of the Penn-Northwest Development Corp.

Among the improvements scheduled as part of the project are upgrades to the Bane, Stewart and Sawhill residence halls, set to be completed by February. In Phase II, Thiel College will begin construction on science and academic centers, improve athletic facilities and install a new roof on Roth Hall.

Phase II is currently in the planning stages, with college officials working with elected officials, donors and supporters of Thiel College to secure additional support.

Pictured: Officials from Thiel College, economic development agencies and elected officials break ground on upgrades to the college’s Rhodehouse Science Building, the first phase of Thiel’s $16 million improvement project. Image via Thiel College.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.