NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Nov. 11, 2003) - Hundreds
of celebrants - donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff and other
friends of Manchester College - will gather for the groundbreaking
Friday, Nov. 14 for a $17 million Science Center.
The ceremony begins at noon, in hopes of giving
everybody who wishes, opportunity to turn a shovelful of ground on the
construction site, just north of Funderburg Library on the mall of the
northern Indiana campus. The event is expected to last a half-hour.
General contractor R.L. Turner Corp. of
Indianapolis will begin immediately to clear ground, but will await
spring for major construction. At more than 85,600 square feet, the
state-of-the-art Science Center will be the largest structure in the
history of the college and home to biology, chemistry, physics,
environmental science, math and computer science studies. Construction
is expected to be complete in summer 2005.
The Science Center - more than 10 years in
planning and fund development - will not carry debt: The college will
pay cash from the generous support of alumni, friends, faculty, staff
and the Lilly Endowment Inc. It will replace Holl-Kintner Hall of
Science, built 44 years ago. Holl-Kintner will continue in use, as
classrooms and offices for other academic departments.
The independent, liberal arts Manchester College offers more than 45
areas of study to 1,170 students from 29 states and 33 countries. For
more information about Manchester College, visit the web site at