Franklin College announced it has exceeded the $10 million fundraising goal for its Campaign for the Sciences. The campaign helped fund the construction and renovation of the new 51,000 square-foot Franklin College Science Center on campus.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be at Franklin College at this historic moment,” said Dana Cummings, vice president for development and alumni engagement. “I’m proud to be a Grizzly every day, but the success of a $10 million campaign is a truly extraordinary occasion. The entire Franklin College community came together in support of our beautiful new Science Center and the results are remarkable. My heartfelt thanks go to each and every person who made the decision to support Franklin College students and the future of education with their hard-earned dollars. We are ever grateful.”
The project began in February 2012 when the college’s board of trustees announced moving forward with preparation for a campaign to enhance science programs and facilities. In October 2016, the board approved moving forward on the construction and renovation project, breaking ground in May 2017. Phase one was the construction of a 21,000 square-foot addition to the existing science building, Barnes Hall, and phase two was the renovation of Barnes Hall, built in 1927 and renovated in 1987. The newly constructed portion of the facility opened for use in May 2018, and the entire facility was opened for use in January 2019.
The construction and renovation of the science center was designed by BSA LifeStructures, which included the design of a contemporary lab building and the restoration of the college’s historic Barnes Hall. They recently earned the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Indiana Chapter in the category of a Higher Education Remodel for their work on the facility. The Hagerman Group was the construction manager for the project.
The science center has 12 teaching labs and three student research labs, nearly doubling the lab space previously available. Features include flexible classroom and lab spaces, dedicated space for student research projects, collaborative learning spaces, improved technology and numerous sustainability features. The building also has some unique natural features, including four large table tops harvested from a walnut tree that sat in the building expansion footprint, a rain garden and a multi-story wood and moss wall feature. The facility also has an outdoor classroom and lighted patio.
The college will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Franklin College Science Center at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The public is invited and tours will be available following the ceremony.
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(Edited Jan. 27, 2020)
POSTED May 13, 2019