Bethel Begins Site Preparation for New Science Building


Bethel President Bob Prosser and Steve Prosser, manager of Bethels science building project, watch as initial site preparation begins to construct the schools new state-of-the-art science complex.

Bethel began site preparation this week for the school’s new science building – the next in a series of capital improvements.
     Funds from an anonymous $1 million donation in late 2008 helped to complete funding needed to underwrite the estimated costs of the proposed building, and plans for beginning construction were initiated.
     “The new addition will primarily house new laboratories,” said President Bob Prosser. “The number of Bethel students in science majors is continuing to grow each year, and we’re very excited that the new facility will better accommodate this growth. It’s important to us that we give these students the best facilities anywhere around.”
     According to Steve Prosser, manager of the science building project, the new complex will be a LEED certified green building, also known as a sustainable building.
     “This building has been designed and will be built and operated in an ecological and resource-efficient manner,” he said. “Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health; improving employee productivity; using energy, water and other resources more efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment.”
     The projected completion date for the building is late summer of 2010.
     Bethel’s Board of Trustees recently announced the intent to change the school’s name from Bethel College to Bethel University, a step brought about by the 30 percent per year growth rate of the school. Pending a change in the school’s charter, the name change could come as early as this summer. The new science building would then become the first building completed on the Bethel University campus.
     The science building is one of many milestones Bethel is working toward during its $20 million capital campaign.
     Those interested in contributing to Bethel’s capital campaign can contact Bethel’s Office of Development at 731-352-4044.