The Lipscomb:Next Campaign continues to march forward from the success of several completed projects to the challenge of completing the remaining initiatives. Through May 2014, the highest campaign priority is to complete fundraising for the McFarland Science Center addition and to break ground on that project. Coming up this summer is a new phase of renovations for Swang Business Center. Here's a comprehensive review of capital projects associated with Lipscomb:Next.
This $8.5 million, 24,000-square-foot addition will include new laboratories for organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, physics, and human anatomy and physiology. More importantly, it will provide new capacity for an academic area that attracts nearly 45 percent of incoming freshmen each year. More than $3.6 million has already been committed and the goal is to complete fundraising by May 1. See the Current Projects page for complete details and opportunities to donate to this project.
Swang Business Center
A portion of the Swang Business Center that formerly housed the Department of English will be renovated this summer as the new home for the School of Computing and Informatics. This innovative program will move into the business center to create new synergies in instruction and programming to better prepare graduates for the increasingly technological world in which they will live and work. This is the next phase in a comprehensive plan to fully renovate and expand the Swang Center.
Already completed in Swang is a complete renovation of Swang 108, the building's largest lecture auditorium. Renamed Stowe Hall (photo at right) in honor of lead donors Barry and Sherri Stowe, the 2,900-square-foot facility has new seating, lighting, carpet, wall treatments and technology. The building's heating and cooling system has also been upgraded.
This building is essential to Lipscomb's rapidly growing engineering program, primarily to support the programs in the department of civil and environmental engineering. Civil engineering is one of the most popular programs offered in the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering. For several years Lipscomb University has been a national leader in the design and construction of engineering projects for use in developing nations and in support of mission activities within those countries. Engineering mission projects have included two pedestrian bridges in Guatemala, two radio towers and a water tower in Honduras, and a fresh, clean water supply to several villages in Guatemala. This building will provide new capacity and discipline-specific learning spaces for this program, which is seeking accreditation from the Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology. Lipscomb's majors in electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering are already accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The college also offers a master's degree program in engineering management.
Burton Health Sciences Center
First floor and clinic remodel to meet the needs of more students.
Improvements at Lipscomb Academy have included renovation of the elementary school cafeteria, construction of several "model classrooms," branding of the new SEED School, addition of an interactive collaborative classroom at the high school and adding a new fence around the football field complex.
Nursing and Health Sciences Center
This $8.5 million, 24,800-square-foot building is home to Lipscomb's School of Nursing and also provides facilities for other health science students. It includes the Health Simulation Laboratory, which features 19 state-of-the-art computerized mannequins that can display symptoms and treatment responses for wide a range of illnesses and wounds in an authentic hospital-like setting; a 14-station assessment skills lab that is be used to practice physical assessment and diagnostic skills and to learn immunization techniques, safety methods and CPR; bedside technology, collaborative learning spaces and more. The facility is so well-equipped that in the event of a disaster on campus or in the community it can be converted into a 30-bed triage and stabilization site for patients prior to being transported to higher levels of care. Classrooms and collaborative learning spaces are large enough to allow the rapidly growing nursing program to triple in size from about 30 student nurses per year to 100. The Class of 2014 includes 79 student nurses, an increase from 36 in the Class of 2013.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center
The 15,000-square-foot facility opened in November 2013 and provides pharmacy and other health sciences students with the latest in technology and research environments. The building includes specialized laboratories and other environments that support learning and research in the natural, applied and pharmaceutical sciences at Lipscomb. It will also facilitate collaboration with other academic institutions, clinical research organizations and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in middle Tennessee. A large portion of the building is dedicated to individual faculty research bays with support rooms for biology and chemistry studies. “This new facility gives the university capabilities that we have never had before,” said Roger Davis, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “A new era of science research is beginning on this campus that builds on the significant science work that has been taking place at Lipscomb for decades.”
Osman Family Fountain
Students in the late 1970s and early 1980s conceived of, funded and even helped to build Bison Square, which has become the heart of the Lipscomb University campus. Osman Fountain was created with donor funding to honor the students’ vision by revitalizing the Square and positioning it as emblematic of Lipscomb’s spiritual mission. In addition to the constant reminder of the river of life, the fountain includes a baptistry where students may to commit their lives in faith in a special setting with other members of the Lipscomb family. The fountain is named in memory of Ty Osman II, son of Ty ('87) and Nancy ('86) Osman of Brentwood, Tenn.
Student Activities Center
The Student Activities Center has been expanded and renovated as part of Lipscomb:Next. New locker rooms, restrooms and showers were relocated from their origin position near the entrance of the SAC to the back of McQuiddy Gym, which has been incorporated into the SAC. The performance studio and weight room have also been expanded and significantly enhanced.