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UNH-Manchester moving to Pandora building in Queen City

MANCHESTER – The University of New Hampshire Manchester plans to move into one of Manchester’s most visible Millyard buildings and sell its current space to Dean Kamen’s company.

UNH’s Manchester campus will have a new home in March as a result of its partnership with Deka on a building trade that will allow UNH to expand and respond to area business needs. ...

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MANCHESTER – The University of New Hampshire Manchester plans to move into one of Manchester’s most visible Millyard buildings and sell its current space to Dean Kamen’s company.

UNH’s Manchester campus will have a new home in March as a result of its partnership with Deka on a building trade that will allow UNH to expand and respond to area business needs.

The move is part of the college’s effort to serve students interested in experiential learning through internships, research and community engagement.

The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees voted unanimously to support the sale of UNH’s current building at 400 Commercial Street to Kamen’s Deka Research and Development, in exchange for a long-term lease with the option to buy the Pandora building at the corner of Commercial and Granite streets. UNH is currently using a floor and a half of the Pandora building.

The move will consolidate the college into one location and provide an additional 17,000 square feet. The expanded space will allow the college to launch new programs while also redesigning and expanding current programs with a focus on developing local talent based on market needs.

The new location will include a robust student commons for collaborative learning as well as greatly expanded technology labs and five biology labs.

“I am excited the Pandora Mill will become the new home of the university’s campus in Manchester,” Kamen said. “UNH’s focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related programs is crucial to address workforce demands for companies such as Deka.”

Expanded degree programs for the fall include computer science and entrepreneurship and English teaching as well as tracks in accounting, professional writing and entrepreneurship.

New programs will focus in the areas of engineering, analytics, accounting and forensics.

Over the next four years, the college expects to increase its student base by an additional 200, which will bring the enrollment close to 1,000.

In addition to more space for academic programs, students will be able to use a new common areas between classes. The majority of the school’s students are daily commuters.