On to better things

Update on the construction of the Center for Virtual Learning and its new technologies.

The CVL crew broke ground on Sept. 2 and construction should wrap in 2023. Photo by: Cassidy Jessup | Multimedia

The progress on the Center for Virtual Learning (CVL) is on schedule and will feature state-of-the-art equipment to promote student success.

According to senior project manager Joe Haupt, the demolition and abatement process of Vandercook Hall started in May of 2021 and was completed in August. The current schedule has the building ready for occupancy in the fall of 2023. 

“It is the beginning of a tremendous opportunity, not only for our university, our campus and our local communities, but it will be especially meaningful for all individuals fortunate enough to be a student when its doors open to them,” said provost Bobby Fleischman. 

The CVL will include new technologies, such as an e-sports arena and a large exterior display on the east façade of the building. The large display will have the ability to stream e-sports or cyber challenge competitions being held inside.

Tara Lowery, a junior at Ferris, explained that the new building will be great for campus, and she hopes it helps students with any virtual struggles.

“The CVL represents a transformative moment in Ferris’ history,” said Fleischman.

The CVL will bring state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories that allow students and faculty to be together, while providing a modern and cutting-edge environment. The CVL will enhance the capability to deliver online and hybrid classes, per Ferris professor Greg Gogolin on 9 & 10 News. The educational experience that students will have in the CVL is “life-changing” for both current and future Bulldogs, explained Fleishman.

According to the CVL information page, it is on a $29.5 million budget. The possibility for early completion of the CVL is highly unlikely due to current market volatility with construction material, per Haupt.