Albright College has been awarded a $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant for renovations to the Leo Camp Building – the future home of Albright’s Total Experience Learning® (formerly Science Research Institute) programs and the college’s nationally recognized music industry and fashion programs. The spacious building on Albright’s campus (located at 1801 N. 12th Street in northeast Reading) is being redeveloped into a state-of-the-art facility optimized for experiential learning, technological exploration and community engagement.
The RACP grant will support the implementation of phase 1 renovation of this landmark building within Reading’s Innovation Corridor. This phase 1 renovation will include expansion of Total Experience Learning® programs, an incubation laboratory, and food and brewery science labs that will accelerate scientific exploration and foster community relationships. Renovations to the Leo Camp building will further help to establish Albright’s northeast Reading neighborhood as Reading’s Innovation Corridor – a destination and a community where residents live, work, learn and play.
“I’m very pleased to see Gov. Wolf continue to support Berks County’s thriving network of higher education,” said Senator Judy Schwank. “We now have three institutions of higher education operating in Reading that are able to move forward with big projects that will provide students with world-class educational opportunities and help the commonwealth meet its long-term workforce needs.”
As the oldest college in the Reading, Pa., area, Albright has long demonstrated a commitment to science and workforce development. Today, that commitment is deeply intertwined with the college’s promise to enhance Reading’s reputation as an innovation center while simultaneously closing the gap on education for all students of academic promise.
In alignment with these goals, Total Experience Learning® programs expanded to the Albright campus in February 2020. The expansion was a natural progression; Albright College students have served as interns and mentors to the program’s middle and high school students since the program’s inception at Conrad Weiser High School in 2015.
Today, more than 80 organizations nationwide partner with Albright’s Total Experience Learning® programs – spanning businesses, scientific industry groups, higher education, professional organizations and foundations, including numerous foundations and donors who have not previously engaged with Albright. These strategic partnerships supply the programs with the equipment, expertise and materials needed to provide exceptional learning experiences. And the vested interest of theses partners is helping to bring Albright’s Innovation Corridor concept to life.