Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 16, 2010) - John Brown University celebrated the groundbreaking for the new 40,000-square-foot engineering and construction management facility on August 16. The new facility is estimated to be completed by August 2011 and will provide much needed space for two of JBU’s growing majors.
JBU’s engineering program is one of its largest, with over 90 majors and six faculty members. The construction management program has 55 students and three faculty members. Currently, the programs are spread out in three aging buildings. The new state-of-the-art facility, which is expected to take 18 months to design and build, will bring the programs under one roof.
Current plans call for 20,000 to 25,000 square feet of classroom and office space with another 15,000 square feet of laboratory space, Dr. Pollard said. The program’s existing facilities only have 26,000 feet of usable space, none designed specifically for teaching engineering or construction management.
An anonymous lead gift of $8 million was announced in February to help fund the new $10-$11 million building.