First Posted: 8/26/2009
Construction work on a $4.5 million, 62,000-square-foot expansion of the Phelps Student Center at Baptist Bible College and Seminary will begin in October, putting the new facility on track for a January 2011 opening to students. The Kempton Athletic Center is named after the late Dr. Wendell Kempton, a distinguished BBC alumnus and benefactor. It is the largest single-building construction project on the Clarks Summit campus since the Phelps Student Center was built in 1974. The length of the expansion will prompt the relocation of the tennis courts, now across from the Quad area of campus, and the closure of the outdoor pool. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 9, at the construction site. A reception in Jackson Hall for all in attendance will immediately follow the event. The expansion will be built off the right front of the existing building and face the Quad area. Among the features of the new building are: climbing wall, recreation area, running track, training rooms, weight and aerobic rooms, locker rooms, new stage area and added office space. The expansion is the first phase of a two phase reconstruction of student facilities. The second phase will place a connector between the existing student center and the Kempton Athletic Center. The estimated cost of the second phase is $8 million. Work on Phase 2 is expected to be completed within three to four years. Features of the second phase will include: auditorium, classrooms, renovations to the kitchen and food service area, upgrades to the entry and surrounding areas and reconfiguration of other spaces. Quality buildings, equipment, and facilities are critical in meeting the needs of students and providing a quality education. Donors can help BBC meet these needs with a gift. Giving is available online at . For details on planned giving and other options, contact Institutional Advancement at 570.585.9301 or . The special groundbreaking will take place during the Celebration on the Summit, a weeklong event that includes Alumni Day, Family Day, and the annual Bible Conference. Other events the Friday of groundbreaking include a comedy event by Michael Jr., with fireworks following. For more information visit, or call 570.586.2400.