Summer construction keeps campus bustling

By Kim Chaudoin on 8/14/2013

  
  

Summer was anything but quiet on the Lipscomb campus.

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Osman Fountain
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Pharmacy and health sciences research facility
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Stowe Hall, Swang Business Center
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Beaman Library
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Student Activities Center
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Lipscomb Academy Football Field

It was full steam ahead this summer on several Lipscomb:Next initiatives, including a number of construction and renovation projects.

Bison Square, the heart of the Lipscomb campus, received a major facelift. In addition to refurbishing landscaping in the area, construction on the Osman Fountain was completed in June.

The fountain was made possible by a gift from Ty (’87) and Nancy (’86) Osman in memory of their son, Ty, who died at age 18 in March 2012 in an accident when he stopped on the side of the interstate to help a woman who had been in an accident.

A baptistery, made possible by the generosity of Raymond and Libby Jones, is a focal point of the Osman Fountain. During the first week after completion, was used for several baptisms during IMPACT 2013, a spiritual formation camp that hosts thousands of teens each summer.

Other projects include:

Construction of a 15,000-square-foot pharmacy and health sciences research facility is scheduled for completion the end of September. The building will include classrooms, a variety of specialized labs and other learning environments that support learning and research in the natural, applied and pharmaceutical sciences at Lipscomb as well as facilitate collaboration with other academic institutions, clinical research organizations and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the area.

Swang Business Center’s lecture auditorium, Swang 108, has undergone a major facelift and will soon get a name change. The 2,900-square-foot facility has new seating, lighting, carpet, wall treatments, a new audio-visual system and an upgraded heating and cooling system, and will become known as Stowe Hall, after Barry (’79) and Sherri (Stewart) Stowe (’79). The project is scheduled for completion Sept. 1. The Swang Business Center houses the College of Business.

The Student Activities Center has new locker rooms and restrooms. An expanded performance studio is being added as well as an expansion to the weight room. Construction is scheduled for completion the end of next month.

The Department of English and Modern Languages will relocate from Swang Business Center to new office space on the main level of Beaman Library. Renovation will be complete by mid-September.

Improvements were also made at Lipscomb Academy over the summer including renovation of the elementary school cafeteria, branding of the new SEED School, the addition of an interactive collaborative classroom at the high school and adding a new fence around the football field complex.

In addition, the parking lot at Stokes School adjacent to campus was paved and restriped resulting in 159 additional parking spots to begin the new school year.

More Lipscomb:Next initiatives will be launched in coming months.