COLUMBIA — It was a good day for science at Columbia College.
Columbia College President Gerald Brouder announced that the school's administrative council has donated $112,000 to the science initiative.
The heart of the initiative is construction of a state-of-the-art science building on Range Line Street between Wilkes Boulevard and Rogers Street.
The 40,000-square-foot building will be constructed on the school's softball field at an estimated cost of $13 million. It will include a light-filled atrium with a grand staircase connecting two main floors. A 150-seat lecture hall will be adjacent to the atrium.
In a brief ceremony at Dulany Hall, Brouder thanked the contributors for joining to achieve the goals set down by the college.
“I am grateful to have such dedicated colleagues, people who are committed to the college and support the science initiative,” Brouder said.
The college had raised more than $3 million for the science campaign to date, he said.
Kevin Palmer, chief information officer and member of the administrative council, said the group was proud to have met a "stretch goal" of 100 percent participation from council members.
“As a group and with this gift, the administrative council solidly demonstrates our belief in the core mission of Columbia College, which is to improve lives through exceptional teaching and learning,” Palmer said.
Palmer said the science initiative is bigger than building the facility.
“This initiative is also about teaching and learning for our students and the desire to move the sciences beyond the four walls of a lab,” he said.
Since October 2009, the initiative has been in its "leadership phase," in which college leaders donate to the cause and lead by example. The first leadership gift, $500,000, was given in 2005.
The event was attended by faculty members, Columbia College Alumni Association board members and students.