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Harding University announces construction projects

Harding University’s board of trustees approved two major construction projects Nov. 5 to be completed before the beginning of the 2011 fall semester on the Searcy campus.

At its semiannual fall meeting, the 21-member board gave approval for administrators to move ahead with plans for the $4 million renovation of Stephens Residence Hall for women and a 21,000-square-foot, $1.6 million addition to Ganus Athletic Center.

The two new projects, coupled with the $4 million addition to the Mabee Business Center already underway, will give the University almost $10 million in new and renovated facilities by the end of 2011.

The renovation of Stephens Residence Hall will be completed during the summer 2011. The facility is the second-largest residence all on the campus, housing 240 female students.

Included in the renovation will be a new pitched-roof replacing the current flat roof and a more efficient heating and cooling system. The exterior façade of the building will be changed to match the architectural look of surrounding buildings, including use of more energy efficient windows. Interior changes will include new décor in the lobby areas, new color schemes and new plumbing throughout the building.

The new addition to the Ganus Athletic Center will be constructed on the east side of the building. The addition will contain a locker room, weight room, and meeting area for the football program plus offices, classrooms and other facilities for the school’s athletic training program.

Preliminary site preparation and construction on the addition will begin this week. The project will be completed by Aug. 15.

Harding had a record enrollment this year of more than 6,800 students from 49 states and 53 foreign countries. It is the largest private university in Arkansas and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chilé, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia.