Revitalizing our Urban Communities

We’re not just changing student lives — we’re changing communities. JWU is an active participant in revitalization efforts at all four of our campus markets, moving beyond supporting entrepreneurship and small business development to help revitalize our campus cities.

Providence: Physically Transforming a City
Expanding our campuses has helped bring new life to Providence’s revitalization efforts, reinventing the downtown area as a center of 24/7 activity, and restore the beauties of Narragansett Bay. In fact, the Providence Preservation Society honored us with two historic preservation awards. 

JWU replaced one of the most visible symbols of the city’s decline, the burned-out site of a department store, with Gaebe Commons. This open green space anchors several university buildings, and gave us a new focal point and identity downtown.

We brought new life to an abandoned industrial site along the shores of Narragansett Bay and the Providence River, developing of our 80-acre Harborside Campus with a graduate school, Culinary Arts Museum, library, recreation center and student residences — creating a new center of activity in a once derelict area.

Our Harborside master plan includes open green space, public access shoreline reconstruction, a walking trail, a protected salt marsh and athletic fields.

North Miami: Redeveloping a Community
In 1992, we embarked on a $23 million renovation of a vacant hospital building and a medical office building in North Miami. Since then, our facilities and operations have grown considerably, serving more than 1,900 students.

We’ve made a major investment in the acquisition and renovation of what has, in several cases, been distressed properties. Today, our 25-acre campus includes 7 residence halls for more than 1,100 students.

Our redevelopment efforts in North Miami have helped attract private investment in the area around campus, including new retail and condominium development.

Denver: Reviving an Abandoned Campus
JWU brought the abandoned facilities of the Colorado Woman’s College and the University of Denver’s law school back to life, creating a vibrant 25-acre campus for more than 1,400 students.

Our thoughtful preservation and renovation of the Denver Campus extends to our historic buildings, green commons and the restoration of Treat Hall, a national registered landmark.

Charlotte: Partnership to Enliven Downtown
Our $110 million campus project in Charlotte, NC., began in 2001. Civic and business leaders invited JWU to consolidate our programs in Charleston, SC., and Norfolk, VA. The goal? Enliven what was then a 9-to-5 business district.

Our Charlotte Campus has grown to more than 2,500 students, with facilities that include the 145,000-square-foot Academic Center, residence halls for up to 734 students and our 187-room hotel.

Our unique partnership with the city of Charlotte has already begun to fulfill its urban development promise, providing a missing piece in downtown Charlotte's development.

Transforming the Culinary Landscape

The Harborside Campus' new facility, the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence (CCCE), emphasizes a forward-thinking approach to culinary education. read more