Gustavus officials, including President Jack R. Ohle and Board of Trustees Chair Jim Gale, broke ground for a new state-of-the-art 125,000 square foot academic building on Friday, April 16.
The groundbreaking ceremony signals the start of construction on a building that will house the academic departments of Communication Studies, Economics and Management, History, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology. The building is expected to be operational by September 2011.
“Academic excellence is at the heart of everything we do at Gustavus,” said Gustavus President Jack R. Ohle. “The construction of this new building on campus will enhance student learning for decades to come.”
The new academic building is a component of $44 million in capital projects approved by the College’s Board of Trustees in January to move forward with three major building projects. Also included in the plan is the development of a west mall extending from Christ Chapel and a major renovation of the Anderson Social Science Building.
The College intends to have the new academic building achieve at least Gold LEED Certification. The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.
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