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With 300 acres of trees, trails and the beautiful Lake Taylor, Virginia Wesleyan College provides the perfect setting for partnership with the YMCA. This week, VWC President Scott D. Miller shared the approval of plans for a new joint-use YMCA facility on campus. Scheduled for completion by May 2017, the 6,000-square-foot facility will be located in front of the arboretum near the trail leading to Lake Taylor. It will contain three classrooms that open into a large multi-purpose room, four offices, a reception area, kitchen, and an adjacent 240-seat outdoor amphitheater with stage. The facility, funded by private donors, will be used during the academic year by the College and during the summer months for YMCA Camp Red Feather. Virginia Wesleyan has been home to Camp Red Feather for about a decade, the result of a long-time partnership between VWC and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. The relationship has led to various recreational additions on campus, including a treehouse and dock near Lake Taylor and the 2011 installation of the Alpine Tower—the 50-foot structure located off Smith Drive designed for climbing and team-building exercises. The new facility will complement the College’s forthcoming Greer Environmental Sciences Center, with construction by Hourigan Construction. A groundbreaking will take place in fall 2016.