Groundbreaking | 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7

Baker University to break ground on Mulvane Hall addition

Baker University will break ground on a 9,000-square-foot addition to Mulvane Hall at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, on the Baldwin City campus. The four-level addition is part of the $10.3 million Mulvane Transformation project. The public is invited.

Mulvane Hall, constructed in the 1920s, houses classrooms for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and information technology. The renovation to Mulvane and the 9,000-square-foot expansion to the east of the facility will provide new laboratory space, classrooms and student collaborative areas.

“The Trustees recognized our extensive planning and preparation for this important upgrade to our sciences building,” said Pat Long, Baker president. “Through tireless work for more than a decade, our faculty and administration have developed an inspiring building concept. The Mulvane Transformation Project is designed to capitalize on the synergy among our people, programs and space to address the interdisciplinary, collaborative direction science is taking.”

Challenge Grant

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla., has committed $750,000 toward the Mulvane Transformation Project. The challenge grant is the largest single gift Baker has received from a foundation. In the mid-1970s, the Mabee Foundation contributed a $250,00 challenge grant to a renovation of Mulvane Hall.

Joab Mulvane

The namesake of Mulvane Hall, Joab Mulvane, believed in the mind and spirit and Baker’s education mission. Born on Nov. 19, 1837 in Newcomerstown, Ohio, he became a successful Topeka banker and businessman who contributed $100,000 toward construction of the original facility in the 1926. At the time, it was the largest gift in University history. Mulvane served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 1900 until his death in 1929 and had represented the Kansas Conference of the Methodist Church. In June 1924 at a closing event of commencement, the cornerstone was laid at Mulvane, known for its Bedford limestone and collegiate Gothic style.

By the Numbers

$10.3 million | Cost of entire Mulvane Transformation project

$3 million | Cost of addition to Mulvane Hall

9,000 square feet | Size of addition to Mulvane Hall

83 percent | Percentage of Baker undergraduates accepted into dental school

78 percent | Percentage of Baker undergraduates accepted into medical and veterinary schools

14 | Faculty members in math and science at Baker

4 | Rhodes Scholars

3 | Schools—Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Kansas—that partner with Baker with a 3+2 engineering program.

2 | Barry M. Goldwater Scholars

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