Franklin College announced today it will break ground on the construction and renovation of the Franklin College Science Center at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The ceremony will take place behind Barnes Hall on Monroe Street. The building schematics will be on display during the event.
The construction and renovation of the science center is being designed by BSA LifeStructures and is anticipated to cost $17 million. The college has engaged the Hagerman Group as construction manager for the project.
“We are thrilled to be moving forward with the Franklin College Science Center,” said Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D., Franklin College president. “The building design, equipped with state-of-the-art spaces for project-based learning and research, allows Franklin to produce the highly qualified and ready-to-work graduates so greatly sought after by employers in the life sciences industry and graduate schools.”
Through extensive interviews with Indiana business and science leaders and national science associations, the science faculty reinvented the curriculum in 2011, aligning it more closely with the growing demands of the industry. The college also launched a master’s degree program in athletic training this past summer, and plans are underway to offer a master’s degree program in physician assistant studies.
“Our ‘learning science by doing science’ curriculum will engage students in project-based learning, cross-functional collaboration and research opportunities as early as the freshman year,” said Steve Browder, Franklin College professor of biology and division head of natural sciences. “This is a unique approach to science education, and the new science center will be instrumental in allowing us to put these concepts into practice.”
“We are very grateful to our trustees, alumni, friends and organizations who have given, and continue to give, so generously for this project,” said Susan Williams, chair of the science center steering committee, trustee and alumna of the college. “We continue to engage additional philanthropic support to advance the college, its students and STEM for our region.”
The college reports it has raised $8.4 million to date toward the goal of $10 million for the project and fundraising efforts continue. At its last meeting in February, the Franklin College Board of Trustees approved issuing a $17 million tax-exempt bond to finance a portion of the construction and renovation and refinance the college’s existing long-term debt.
The public is invited to attend.
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(Posted April 13, 2017)