Construction Underway

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

On May 4, Dr. Bill Brown (third from right) and University trustee representatives tossed dirt skyward at the official groundbreaking for the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies. The 60,000-square-foot Center, which will border Cedar Lake between Centennial Library and Maddox Hall, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008.

The Center will house the University’s department of biblical education and academic enrichment center, as well as classrooms and student collaboration rooms.

“The building makes a huge statement about Cedarville University’s commitment to biblical studies both now and in the future,” said Dr. Brown.

The facility will deliver much-needed space to a Bible department already pressed for room due to its volume of students. All 3,100 University students are required to earn a Bible minor, and the department currently offers nine academic programs to prepare students for ministry.

The Center will contain what Dr. Tom Hutchison ’80, interim chair of the department of biblical education, calls a “ministry training complex.” This versatile room mimics a church auditorium or youth center, complete with moveable seating, staging, and media/sound technology.

The building will also house Bible faculty offices, a 40-station computer laboratory, student collaboration rooms, and 11 classrooms, including a technology-enabled 180-seat lecture hall. One unique area will celebrate the history, impact, and development of the Bible, including displays of the forms the Scriptures have taken through the ages, from the tablets of stone through the age of print to the E-Bibles of today.

Cedarville’s academic enrichment center will also find a new home in the facility. Areas for tutoring and testing, as well as staff offices, are planned for this vital department, which focuses on promoting student academic success and assisting students with disabilities.

Cost is estimated at $14 million, and the University has already gathered $8.7 million in commitments. Watch construction progress live!