MC to “Top Off”
steelwork Friday with
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester College and
general contractor R.L. Turner Corp. will celebrate a milestone at 10:30
a.m. on Friday, July 16 as construction workers bolt in the final steel
beam on the new $17 million Science Center.
The brief “Topping Off Ceremony” will mark the
half-way point in construction of what will be the largest structure on
the northern Indiana campus – and completion without serious injury of
the most dangerous portion of the 85,600-square-foot project.
The public is invited to the event. Visitors to
campus will be amazed at the great progress on the building. R.L.
Turner of Indianapolis broke ground on the project in mid-November and
already has framed in classrooms and laboratories on all three floors.
Exterior masonry also is under way.
The steel beam that will be hoisted into place
during the 10-minute ceremony bears signatures and notations by current
and former students, faculty and donors. Once the beam is hoisted and
bolted into place Friday, construction workers will place an evergreen
tree atop it to celebrate safe progression on the project.
The Science Center – paid for without debt through
the generous support of donors and incentives from Lilly Endowment Inc.
– will house biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, math
and computer science studies. Construction is expected to be complete
The Science Center will replace Holl-Kintner Hall
of Science, built 44 years ago. Holl-Kintner will be refitted for
classrooms and offices for other academic departments.
Manchester College has a reputation of preparing
students for science careers. For example, 100 percent of MC grads who
applied last year were accepted into medical, dentistry, veterinary,
optometry and podiatry programs. Manchester is a Church of the Brethren
liberal arts college with about 1,170 students from 29 states and 33
countries. For more information about the college, visit