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Mulvane Transformation Progresses

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Construction has been ongoing since the fall and is beginning to clearly show the framework of a spectacular addition to Baker University’s Baldwin City campus. Unseasonably warm and dry weather in January has allowed the construction of the $10.3 million Mulvane Transformation to remain on schedule as generous gifts from donors continue to support the project.

The erection of the steel building frame was recently completed for the 9,000-square-foot addition on the east side of Mulvane Hall. The iconic peaks of Mulvane have taken shape as well as the new, fire-rated stairwell. As of Jan. 25, JE Dunn Construction Company was installing decking for the roof of the second, third and fourth floors. Once decking is complete, concrete will be placed on the floor decking.

“We expect to be able to move into the building by the first day of fall classes on Aug. 22,” said Jeremy Portlock, director of the physical plant.

Most of the math and science faculty have moved their offices to temporary locations throughout campus. Classes will continue to take place amid the ongoing work, with most lab work occurring at the beginning of the semester. Mulvane is scheduled to be vacated before spring break on March 12 so that interior demolition can begin in earnest. Courses during the latter portion of the semester will be taught across campus.


“It is incredibly exciting to see the construction site each day and witness the unbelievable transformation that is taking place,” Baker President Pat Long said. “As the momentum in support for the Mulvane Transformation continues we are grateful for the incredible generosity of our previous and future donors to the project.”

At the request of donors, the new complex will be named the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education. Boyd was a Baker faculty member from 1941 to 1972.

View the slide show to track the progress of construction.

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