The Board of Trustees voted in early October to proceed with the construction of Sanders Hall—the first academic classroom and laboratory building built on campus since the venerable Vennum-Binkley Science Hall opened its doors in 1916, nearly 100 years ago.
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Details of the four-story, 17,270 sq. ft. building that is scheduled to open in August 2014 include:
- A construction plan designed to achieve LEED certification, i.e. green building standards
- Four new classrooms
- A tiered multimedia classroom
- A seminar room
- An organic/inorganic chemistry laboratory
- 12 faculty offices
- Restrooms on two of the four floors
- Student lounge/collaborative learning space
- Handicap accessibility to both Sanders Hall and Vennum-Binkley Hall
The College cannot thank Dr. Sanders and the Trustees enough for their combined support of this project. In addition, it is also important to recognize the intense planning efforts that involved CFO Marc Pasteris, Director Rob McChesney, VP Mike Murtagh, Provost Cavalier, and the Faculty coordinated by Drs. Paul Small and Mike Toliver.
About Dr. Richard Sanders
In the 159-year history of Eureka College, no individual has provided more philanthropic support to the College than Dr. Sanders. Retired professor of government, Dick has impacted Eureka College through his gift of $3 million to support the construction of Sanders Hall and myriad other projects ranging from endowed scholarships to the First-Generation Program.
“I follow the advice of my friend Carolyn, another generous donor to the College, who says, ‘Do your giving while you’re living.’ Eureka College offered me a career and a home doing what I always wanted to do. I am giving money now so I can see the results. Plus it would be pretty neat to have a building named after me!” — Dr. Sanders
The College hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for Sanders Hall on Nov. 12 to celebrate the launch of this project.
Sanders Hall groundbreaking ceremony news coverage
- Bloomington Pantagraph
- Peoria Journal-Star
- NBC News
- WMBD-AM 1470
- WJBC-AM 1230
- WGLT-FM 89.1
- Associated Press