Franklin College says it has exceeded its $10 million fundraising goal to support construction and renovation of a new science facility.
The Campaign for the Sciences effort is helping to pay for the 51,000-square-foot Franklin College Science Center, which fully opened in January on the school's campus in Franklin.
The school's President Thomas J. Minar said in a media release that Franklin College is "extremely grateful to the many donors, including trustees, alumni, friends and organizations."
Minar noted that Dr. Margot Lacy Eccles made a $2.5 million financial promise and matching challenge before her death in 2012 that helped get the campaign going. The school says the Science Center will be home to the Lacy Labs, which will honor her memory and contributions.
In October 2016, the college's board of trustees approved moving forward on the construction and renovation project, breaking ground in May 2017. Phase one was the construction of a 21,000-square-foot addition to the existing science building, Barnes Hall, and phase two was the renovation of Barnes Hall, built in 1927.
The newly constructed portion of the facility debuted for use in May 2018, and the entire facility was opened for use in January 2019.
The science center has 12 teaching labs and three student research labs, nearly doubling the lab space previously available. Features include flexible classroom and lab spaces, dedicated space for student research projects, collaborative learning spaces, improved technology and numerous sustainability features.
The project was designed by BSA LifeStructures. The Hagerman Group served as construction manager.