Central Methodist to break ground

Friday, October 17, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

When the Eyrie Student Center was torn down this June, students at Central Methodist College went from having an outdated facility to none at all.

At 9:45 this morning the college is expected to break ground on a $15 million Student and Community Center. The center is scheduled for completion in January 2005.

Columbia-based Coil Construction is the general contractor for the project.

The center represents the first building construction on campus since the Philips Recreation Center was built in 1981, college President Marianne Inman said.

The four-story, 60,000-square-foot building will include an entire floor devoted to athletic training programs. The equipment will be available to the college community, including students, faculty and staff. A dining facility, as well as a cyber café, are also in the plans.

The fund-raising organization Campaign for Central raised $12.75 million for the project. “We also have some endowment included in that figure for perpetual maintenance of the building,” Inman said.

Another $2.25 million will come from the Kresge and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundations, awarded after the school met its fund-raising goal.

Contributions primarily came from alumni, the school’s Board of Curators, friends of the college and faculty and staff. Faculty and staff provided $250,000 for the project.

A number of local United Methodist churches also provided money for the campaign, Inman said.

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