ADRIAN, Mich. – May 11th marked a momentous day on the campus of Adrian College as the groundbreaking for the multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation to the Peelle/Jones complex commenced. Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking, president of the College, announced a proposed $13 million dollar enhancement to the existing structure during his annual State of the College address on March 22nd.
“The focus of the Renaissance II campaign over the last few years has been to highlight academic facility improvements,” stated Docking. “This groundbreaking is due in part to the many donors who are supporting this project and a $1 million dollar gift from the Dow Foundation. These academic improvements on our campus are essential to our continued momentum.”
The renovations will provide state-of-the-art improvements to both the facilities and the academic experience at the College, better preparing its graduates for success.
One of the first major Renaissance II projects to be completed was the 2011 renovation to Spencer Hall. The facility upgrades included an enhanced entrance foyer, the full integration of the music department, and an expansive building addition for classroom and practice spaces. This campaign will also initiate the renovation and expansion of Mahan Center for the Arts.
Dr. Paul Rupert, assistant professor and director of the chemistry graduate program, outlined the proposed changes for Peelle/Jones during the College’s annual address.
“It’s indeed a rare opportunity to be involved in something that is a significant change that not only affects what we do and those we teach on a daily basis but will have continued benefit for decades,” stated Rupert.
The 16,000 square foot addition to Peelle Hall will add three new chemistry labs and three new biology labs. In addition, existing classrooms, lecture halls and conference rooms will be renovated and upgraded. Adrian College’s new graduate program in chemistry, as well as the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, will benefit from the improved technology and added lab space.
Rupert noted, “Chemistry is a laboratory science. We can talk about it in the classroom, but it happens in a lab. These changes are critical to attract, teach and retain the quality students that attend Adrian College – both in the area of science and other disciplines.”
Planned renovation to Jones Hall includes the creation of office suites, the installation of advanced technology in all classrooms and the replacement of existing equipment. The Peelle/Jones project also supports the construction of a new exterior façade and an architecturally appealing lobby.
President Docking acknowledges the significance of the project.
“The improvements will allow our faculty to provide our students with distinctive opportunities through the utilization of top-notch spaces for teaching, planning and research.”
“The changes made to these facilities will be dramatic,” Docking added.