Hope Will Hold Ceremony for New
Science Center on Thursday, May 2
Posted April 25, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College will hold a ceremony
commemorating the start of construction of the college's new
science center on Thursday, May 2, at 5:15 p.m. on Van Andel
Plaza immediately north of the building site.
The public is invited.
Construction began on the new building in mid-
March and is expected to be finished in time for the start
of classes in the fall of 2003. The college anticipates
that renovation of the existing Peale Science Center, to
which the new building is being connected, will follow
through the summer of 2004.
"We are excited to be celebrating the beginning of
construction for the new science center," said Hope College
President James E. Bultman. "The new building, and the
renovation of Peale, will be essential in helping the
college maintain its position in offering one of the
nation's leading programs in undergraduate science
The new construction and renovation are expected
to total $36 million. The construction project is the
largest in the history of Hope College, and is a major
component of the $105 million "Legacies: A Vision of Hope"
Participants in the ceremony will include Bultman;
Al McGeehan, mayor of Holland; J. Kermit Campbell, chair
of the college's Board of Trustees; Dr. James M. Gentile,
dean for the natural sciences at Hope; Dr. George D.
Zuidema, a 1949 Hope graduate; Matthew A. Nehs, a graduating
Hope senior; and Dr. Timothy L. Brown, dean of the chapel
The new science center will double the size of the
current building, and will include classrooms, laboratories,
and office and storage space. Peale Science Center, which
opened in 1973, will be updated to better meet contemporary
teaching and research needs.
The expanded building will continue to house the
departments of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, the
geological and environmental sciences, and psychology, with
the department of nursing moving in from its cottage
headquarters on 14th Street.
Architects for the project are Ballinger &
Associates of Philadelphia, Pa., and Jickling Lyman Powell
Associates Inc. of Troy. The construction manager is
Granger Construction Company, based in Lansing.
The science center project is one of the four
major initiatives of the on-going "Legacies: A Vision of
Hope" capital campaign, which is also focusing on increasing
the college's endowment, constructing the DeVos Fieldhouse,
and addressing a variety of other short-term and long-term
facility and space needs. The campaign was launched in
October of 2000.
A reception will follow the ceremony, at 5:30 p.m.
at the Van Wylen Library courtyard. In the event of
inclement weather, the reception will be held in the lobby
of Van Zoeren Hall.