New Classroom Building Added after Nearly a Century

Published 07/07 2014 05:32PM

Updated 07/07 2014 06:29PM

EUREKA – It’s been nearly a century since Eureka College last added a classroom building to campus, but a multimillion dollar construction project will soon change that.

The Sanders Hall building is a $6.7 million addition and will add state-of the art technology to the campus.

The building is named after Richard Sanders, a former professor of history. He donated about $3 million dollars for the project.

The president of the college, Dr. J. David Arnold, said enrollment numbers continue to grow and the institution was overdue for an upgrade.

“More classrooms and updated science laboratories is the impetus behind this project,” Dr. Arnold explained.

The last classroom building Eureka College added was the Vennum-Binkley Science Hall back in 1916.

The new building will allow guest lecturers to Skype into classrooms and other new capabilities.

It will also add study space for students. Some of the new labs will quadruple the size of the current ones.

Marc Pasteris is the Vice President of Finance and Facilities.

He explained that the planning process has been a team effort.

Students and faculty had a say in designing the building.

“They're looking for group learning space more than anything,” said Pasteris.

Pasteris says the new building will just add to the success of the college.

“It is going to be a great recruitment tool, but also retention tool for us.”

The dedication ceremony for this building is set for some time during the first week of school which begins August 27th.

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