Generous Gift

WEST CHESTER—Construction is underway to build a new fountain and plaza at a major West Chester University and borough gateway.

The Roger and Agnes Ware Plaza will be located on the northwest corner of High Street and Rosedale Avenue.

The plaza is made possible through the generosity of Agnes and Roger Ware, Class of ’82.

“The focal point of the Plaza is a fountain which will redefine the entrance to the campus by providing a welcoming place and an iconic feature for the future of WCU,” reads a release issued by the university.

Bancroft, of Wilmington, is performing the work.

Roger Ware Jr. graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1982.  Ware has served as President and CEO of Jencap Insurance Services Inc. (formerly Genesee General) since 1998.

The fountain and plaza will be a part of the President’s Walk, which will stretch from the High Street and Rosedale Avenue intersection to the Quad and in back of Philips Memorial Building.

A decades-old stone sign was removed to make way for the project. It was a favored spot for graduates to snap photos at on Commencement Day. That marker will be replaced with a backlight sign across the wall of the stairs at the new plaza.

The fountain is composed of two large concentric spray rings, 22 feet (ring 1) and 15 feet (ring 2) in diameter with arching multi-stream jets, and four vertical multi-stream jets fed from a smaller ring (ring 3) at the center of the feature with underwater light fixtures inboard of the two spray rings and at the central vertical jets.

Each ring will feature 20 jets (40 ring jets and 4 central jets, total). All jets are installed flush with the pavement.

There are four central jets, or column jets, arrayed at 90 degrees on a diameter of 16 inches at the center of the fountain. These jets are also mounted flush with the plaza.

The fountain will be lit at night. Controlled operation of the fountain will be based on weather, especially wind speed, and temperature below 40 degrees F.

West Chester President Chris Fiorentino is pleased with the new addition of campus. Work is expected to be completed, with a dedication taking place on Sept. 25.

“West Chester University is deeply grateful to Agnes and Roger Ware, ’82, for their kindness in transforming West Chester University’s entrance,” Fiorentino said. “The Roger and Agnes Ware Plaza, as complemented by the Ware Fountain, will soon act as the university’s signature entrance.

“Making the corner of High Street and Rosedale Avenue an attractive focal point will enhance WCU and will also contribute to our town’s natural beauty. We are excited to formally recognize and celebrate Agnes and Roger on Saturday, Sept. 25, during a special dedication that will be held in their honor on the grounds of the new plaza.”

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local News
PUBLISHED: August 26, 2021 at 5:33 p.m.
UPDATED: August 26, 2021 at 7:11 p.m.

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