As of September 1, 2005, the University owned 456 buildings having a gross area of 7,648,900 square feet. The land holdings totaled 2,041.2 acres. The University also leased 28 facilities having a gross area of 201,546 square feet and 119.8 acres of land.



For Fiscal Year 2007, the University will request capital funds from the State to support the projects shown below:


FY 2007


Brown Lab Renovation

 $ 9,000,000

Minor Capital Improvements



Undergraduate Science Building




Laird Residence Hall Complex
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    A 1,001-bed residence hall complex on the Laird Campus is being constructed to replace the existing Pencader residence halls with facilities that meet the needs of today's students. The project includes a pedestrian bridge leading north from the area east of the Ray Street Dorms. It replaces the site's existing steep staircase and will provide a more accessible route to the main campus.  The new complex will be constructed in two phases.  Phase I construction started in the spring of 2004 and was completed in the summer of 2005.  Phase II started in the summer of 2005 and will be completed in the summer of 2006. The pedestrian bridge started in summer of 2005 and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2006.  Construction of new playing courts east of Pencader Dining Hall was completed in spring 2004. The building program consists of approximately 313,000 gross square feet in three separate buildings. Each building will feature resident rooms with semi-private baths, floor lounges, and resident assistant rooms. The ground floor of each building will include a lounge, laundry room, Hall Director’s office and apartment. The LIFE Program's living and learning offices are currently located in George Read Hall, central to the complex. The two buildings currently under construction will be named James Smith Hall and Thomas McKean Hall.

      Center for the Arts
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        Construction is well under way on the new, approximately 91,000-gross-square-foot Center for the Arts building adjacent to the Amy du Pont Music Building.  The new facility will support activities of the Professional Theatre Training Program and the Department of Music, as well as a variety of campus events.  The building will also serve as a resource to the local community.  The new building includes a 450-seat proscenium theatre with a fly loft and stage lift, a theatre rehearsal room, a 200-seat recital hall, an orchestra rehearsal room with retractable seating for 300, 32 individual music practice rooms, and the full complement of performance support spaces including a loading dock, dressing rooms, etc. Construction began in June 2004 with completion planned for August 2006.  

        Brown Laboratory
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        Renovation plans are for the north and west wings of the Chemistry Department’s building, Brown Laboratory, which is located on the east side of the North Green. The goal of the project is to modernize the facility’s north and west wing teaching and research laboratories, support spaces and address the building’s envelope, infrastructure, systems, and code deficiencies. Additionally, rigid environmental and double height space requirements for NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) equipment cannot be met in the current facility, putting the department at a disadvantage in its teaching and research pursuits. Constructing an in-fill in the building’s courtyard will provide this much needed space. The building’s north wing activities are primarily confined to Biochemistry and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance laboratories and a Physical Chemistry Teaching Laboratory for upper level courses. The west wing houses Biochemistry and Computation laboratories along with a Chemistry Research Library, Registrar auditorium and classrooms, an Analytical Teaching Laboratory, department seminar rooms, administrative space and service shops to support the department’s glassblowing, machining and electronics needs. The Brown Laboratory renovation will be constructed in two phases with the in-fill addition running concurrently with Phase I.  Phase I began in June 2005 and is scheduled to be complete by August 2006.  Phase II construction is scheduled to begin September 2006 and be completed by the end of 2007.

        Jastak-Burgess Hall
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        The former fraternity houses of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Nu, located to the east of Recitation Hall, are being renovated to become the future home for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The conversion includes a small infill addition to serve as the connecting link between the two facilities, houses a building elevator and provides a centralized entryway for the new facility. The infill will add approximately 5,300 gross square feet to the existing structures that total approximately 21,000 gross square feet. The renovation will include space for the department's administrative offices, its Media Language Laboratory, 60 faculty offices, and approximately 18 part-time faculty spaces. Additionally, the facility will house a large conference room usable by the University community. Construction began in July 2004 and will be completed by January 2006. 

        Carvel Education Center
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        The new facility on the Georgetown campus will provide the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with an opportunity to add programs and program enhancements. This facility will offer the agri-business community and others in southern Delaware the opportunity to gather and learn, under the auspices of the University, in a first-class educational facility.

         The building includes three large meeting rooms, with a total seating capacity of approximately 300, one 30-seat ITV studio with down and uplink capabilities, and 34 offices to house a variety of programs such as: Master Gardener Program, Expanded Food and Nutrition Enrichment Program, Nutrient Management, Weed Science, Agriculture and Poultry, State and County Extension, Computer labs, staff support and grad student offices.

         Construction began in December 2004 and will be completed in December 2005.

      Equine Addition
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        A 6,000-square-foot addition is proposed for the existing Equine Center.  The addition will be used for the breeding of horses and will serve as a hands-on laboratory for equine science. There will be classroom and lab space as well as an instructional area and five stalls for horses. The roof will be standing seam metal, and the heating and cooling will be primarily natural.

         The type of construction has been modified from concrete block to a pre-engineered metal structure in order to meet funding availability, delaying completion of the project to summer 2006.



        The purpose of the project is to modernize and cosmetically renovate the existing residence halls on the East and West Campuses.  This plan is based on the Becker Winston 2002 Feasibility Study and would closely maintain the bed counts established by the study. 

        The renovations would include upgrades of the mechanical systems, renovated bathrooms, and attention to life safety and ADA issues to ensure compliance with current building codes. The building envelope will be restored as required.  The project would be phased for ease of completion and to insure a minimum loss of bed space during construction.


        In order to provide modern teaching facilities for the laboratory sciences and to support research expansion in existing science buildings, the University is planning for an undergraduate science facility. While details are yet to be available, it is anticipated that such a facility will cost in the order of $25-30 million, with costs to be shared among the state, University, and private donations.


      461 Wyoming Road
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        A. 461 WYOMING ROAD

        The east half (20,000 square feet) of the building previously occupied by AstroPower will be renovated to house the Agricultural Extension Program, the Early Head Start Program, and the Center for Disability Studies. The shell of the entire building will be replaced and basic utilities provided in the portion of the building that will remain vacant. The work began in the fall of 2005 and will be completed by the summer of 2006. 

        The Bob Carpenter Center
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        B. BCC - FOOTBALL OFFICES ADDITION                               

        On the northwest corner of the Bob Carpenter Center, a 3,400-square-foot addition has been approved. This will become the new home of the University of Delaware football coaching and operations staff. The group will relocate from within the Bob Carpenter Center. The facade of the new building will emulate the existing structure.