Campus Master Plan

Started by President Harris in the fall of 2002, Widener implemented a master plan to improve the university’s physical facilities in concert with its vision for the future as a major metropolitan university.  

The Wellness Center

Opened in Spring 2006.
Housed in the Schwartz Athletic Center, the Widener Wellness Center is open to all Widener University faculty, students and staff. The structure includes a conference room and a multi-purpose room that features 53 fixed seats. A 20 foot rock climbing wall is a focal point.

Metropolitan Hall

Opened in August 2006.
Metropolitan Hall, known as the “Met” among the students, is located on the corner of 17th Street and Melrose Avenue. The residence hall features shared kitchen and lounge areas, as well as flexible room set-ups. The rooms range from singles to four-room suites. A pathway through the courtyard gives the campus community direct walking access to the Wellness Center at Schwartz Athletic Center.

14th Street Entranceway

Dedicated in Spring 2006.

Streetscape Improvements

Completed in September 2008.
The opening of the 14th Street entranceway was followed by the construction of a new streetscape on 14th Street between Melrose Avenue and Potter Streets. The work on 14th Street included planting of trees, new sidewalks and pavers, enhanced lighting, street islands and the resurfacing of the street.

Providence Avenue Redevelopment (14th and 16th Streets)

December 2008
The first phase of construction, a Best Western Widener Hotel and Suites, was completed in December 2008.  Next, a 7-11 convenience store was opened in January 2009 and one year later, a TD Bank opened for business; the first bank to open in Chester in more than 15 years.  A Chester police substation, opened for operation in August 2010, is also located on the property.

Founders Hall

Opening Ceremony, Fall 2011
The first “environmentally green” academic building on Widener’s campus, Founders Hall is a 35,000-square foot, three story building that complements the architecture of Old Main, the oldest building on the Main campus. Home to the School of Nursing, the facility contains state-of-the-art equipment and labs for research and teaching in the field of nursing. Founders Hall is also home to Oskin Leadership Institute, which was made possible by a $5 million gift from the Oskin family. The Oskin Leadership Institute will provide opportunities for all Widener students to develop leadership skills.