The Academic Center creates an environment for more effective teaching, learning and student-faculty interaction. The center features technologically
advanced classrooms and positions faculty offices
nearby for student access and advising. A new
campus Welcome Center creates the meeting place
where students visiting the Admissions Office will form their first impressions of Manchester and start their college journeys. Using resources wisely, the Academic Center is a renovation of the Holl-Kintner Hall of Science.
Goal: $9 Million
They increased my confidence. Built me up.
Made me realize
I could do it.
They are master teachers.
The Students First! campaign seeks $9 million to renovate and expand the former
Holl-Kintner Hall into a modern Academic Center that will prepare Manchester students for 21st-century challenges and opportunities. It will relocate many of the University’s academic programs into space more appropriate for today’s college students and contemporary learning styles.
Since Manchester opened the Science Center in 2005, the percentage of first-year students majoring in the sciences has grown from about 14 percent to about 20 percent. Renovating Holl-Kintner creates a perfect opportunity to add similar enrollment growth in many of Manchester’s other academic programs. And renovating a structurally sound building is more cost-effective than tearing it down and rebuilding from scratch.
Walls that are non-load bearing will be moved to reconfigure space for current and future needs, including new classrooms of varying sizes and faculty offices. Informal learning and study spaces will modernize the building’s existing floor plan.
A renovated wing on the south side of the building will house the Admissions Office Welcome Center, directly across from the Union.
The building will be updated with state-of-the-art technology, including wireless, high-speed internet. It also will get a new roof and insulation, new mechanical systems, energy-efficient windows, and new plumbing and electrical systems.
An elevator will make the building completely accessible to all persons. THE BENEFITS >