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LCU plans new facility to accommodate growing science programs

Location of new science center (Source: LCU) Location of new science center (Source: LCU)
Diagram of new science center (Source: LCU) Diagram of new science center (Source: LCU)

Lubbock Christian University is planning to build a brand new science center.

Their science program is growing, and current resources being pushed beyond capacity.

LCU President, Tim Perrin says the James and Jeanette Ling Science Center will not only meet the needs of prospective and current students, but will also bring together faculty for all sciences so they collaborate more easily.

Currently, LCU's natural and physical science programs are operating in two separate buildings, one having been built in the 1970s and primarily geared for small classes.

With 250 students majoring in natural and physical sciences, more space is needed.

The new science center will contain two 50-seat capacity lecture halls, one 100-seat capacity lecture hall, 18 faculty offices as well as laboratories for Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation, Animal Science, Undergraduate Research and Faculty Research.

That, coupled with a student commons area and atrium community space, brings the building to 38,000 square feet.

Perrin believes the additional space will help accommodate each growing program where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is the main focus.

"This facility is an investment to accommodate increasing interest. We will have more space and better space to educate the students who come to us. We are excited in our ability to make this investment," said Perrin.

The facility is expected to cost $9.3 million and that it is contingent on fundraising.

Perrin says that a million dollar endowment has already been made in honor of Gary Estep, who recently retired from LCU.

"He is the father of the sciences at LCU," Perrin said, "and he has mentored hundreds of students."

Major financial support is also coming from Hanson Ling, in honor of his parents, James and Jeanette, who the science center is named after.

Perrin says he hopes to complete fundraising in the next 12 months.

He hopes to see the new center open in 2016 or no later than 2017.

As Lubbock Christian grows as a university so does its commitment and priority to all students and prospective students, Perrin said.

Along with the sciences center LCU expects to complete library renovations in January of 2015 and to open its nursing center in the fall of 2015.

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