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Justin Smith of Smith Erectors Inc. of Markel receives the last beam.

Last steel in place, Manchester College

on-plan for June opening of Academic Center


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With a brief ceremony Friday, contractors bolted the final steel beam in place for Manchester College's new Academic Center. The $9.1 million transformation of Holl-Kintner Hall of Science into a learning space and admissions Welcome Center is on-schedule for completion within one year, say contractors and College officials.

A hard-hat “inside” tour of the 52,000-square-foot construction site reveals exciting testimony that Manchester students and faculty will have a new Academic Center early next summer. “We are on-target for a June 4 possession of the Academic Center from the contractors,” says Jack Gochenaur, vice president for finance and treasurer.

The concrete elevator shaft on the north end of the construction site makes an important declaration about the new Academic Center: Accessibility. All steel is up, the rooms are framed in, bricking is well under-way, utilities are installed and windows are expected this week. Dry-walling and painting is scheduled for December and January.

The site will house a number of academic disciplines, including accounting and business, communication studies, economics, education, English, finance, history and political science, management, marketing, modern languages, peace studies, psychology, religion and philosophy, sociology and social work.

Accompanying 16 classrooms are faculty offices, study lounges, a small lecture auditorium, a peace studies library, conference rooms and areas for language study, psychology research, video editing and accounting multi-media.

The Welcome Center at the south end of the structure will house private areas for families to meet with admissions counselors, a hospitality area with a café and staff offices and work areas.

General contractor is Michael Kinder & Sons Inc. of Fort Wayne, working from designs by MSKTD & Associates Inc.

Fundraising continues for the $9.1 million creation of a state-of-the-art home for disciplines currently scattered in buildings both aged and much newer throughout campus. Donors still can find naming and other giving opportunities to support Manchester’s academic strength. Click here for giving assistance.

October 2011

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