“The Mabee Foundation challenge grant comes at a crucial time in our fundraising for the project,” Baker President Pat Long said. “The Mabee Foundation has supported us for many years, and we are deeply grateful for their faithful partnership in helping Baker become an even more significant leader in providing education to our students.”
The challenge aspect of the grant requires Baker’s administration and Office of University Advancement staff to match the $750,000 total on its own, which, thanks to a stream of excited donors, is already well underway.
The University will break ground on the record-breaking and long-awaited $10.3 million project on Oct. 7.
Constructed in the 1920s, Mulvane houses classrooms for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and information technology. The renovation and the 9,000-square-foot expansion to the east of the facility will provide new laboratory space, classrooms, student collaborative areas and faculty offices.
Baker faculty members have worked closely with architects, developing plans for the project.
“The design process has been an exciting challenge for the faculty as we worked to think not only about our current needs but also about the future,” said Darcy Russell, professor of biology. “The completed science center will promote collaboration between students and faculty in flexible spaces that will serve our students, both now and in the future.”
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was formed in 1948 by Mr. John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee. The purposes of the Foundation are to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature.