Warfel is excited to begin work on Alvernia University’s new downtown Reading location at 401 Penn Street. A strategic initiative named “Reading CollegeTowne,” Alvernia plans to expand the campus into the downtown area to continue its Franciscan mission of education, service and community engagement.
The renovation began in January 2021, with an opening planned for late summer 2022. The ground floor redesign will feature a community gathering place and lounge area, development of space for the university’s refreshed business and communication programs and become the home for the O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship’s student-powered business incubator, which currently has 50 local businesses utilizing its services. The lower level renovations include a collaborative student gathering space, high-tech general-purpose classrooms, spaces for the university’s recently announced esports team and cutting-edge labs for the three new engineering programs. The fourth and fifth floors will be retrofitted for student housing, with initial designs to house 66 students, with buildouts available to accommodate up to 200 students.