May 18, 2011
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Baker University approves Mulvane Hall Transformation Project
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s Board of Trustees recently approved plans to move forward with the $9.3 million Mulvane Hall Transformation Project on the Baldwin City campus.
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.”
Through mid-May, more than half of the projected costs have been raised. The University proposes to break ground on the new addition this coming fall with construction to continue throughout the academic year.
Projected costs are $4.5 million to the existing science building and $3 million for the four-level addition. An additional $1.8 million will cover furnishings, equipment and technology needs.
“The Mulvane Transformation Project matches the unparalleled excellence of the science programs for which Baker is so well known,” said Hoot Gibson, chair of the Baker University Board of Trustees. “The facility will help foster an engaging, innovative and collaborative work environment. We are grateful to our generous benefactors who continue to make significant and special commitments to transform science education at the University.”
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.”
Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.