HOLLAND — The landscape around Hope College will begin taking on a new look in the coming weeks, as construction begins on the first phase of three major construction projects funded through a capital campaign that’s now targeting a $105 million goal.
The first and largest project, costing $36 million, includes construction of a science center and the renovation of the Peale Science Center. The project will begin by spring and take 18 months to complete, setting the stage for the future development of the Martha Miller Center to house the communication and languages departments, and a new $20 million sports arena, the DeVos Fieldhouse.
“This is the first step before those other projects can move along,” Hope spokesman Tom Renner said.
The Peale Center, which Hope trustees voted last week to proceed with, coupled with $19 million in work that will include construction of the Martha Miller Center and improvements to other college facilities, and the development of DeVos Fieldhouse are intended to further the college’s mission, President James Bultman said.
“Hope College is not about building buildings. Hope is about providing facilities that will enable students and professors to perform at their very highest levels,” Bultman said. “These are exciting projects that will change the face of Hope and improve its already lofty position in undergraduate Christian liberal arts education.”
The new $105 million fund-raising goal represents the combination of a previously announced target of $85 million and what until last week was a separate $20 million campaign for the DeVos Fieldhouse, a project that came to the forefront last year following a $7.5 million gift from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.
Hope College to date has raised about $82 million for the overall $105 million “Legacies: A Gift of Hope” campaign that began in October 2000 and, in addition to the three major projects, will earmark $30 million for Hope’s endowment fund. Funding for the major building projects is about two-thirds complete, Bultman said.
The Legacies campaign will continue through the end of 2003, focusing largely on Hope alumni and supporters after initially concentrating on soliciting contribution from past benefactors and major donors.
As the campaign continues, the college will work to finalize designs and select a site for the Martha Miller Center and DeVos Fieldhouse, the latter of which is on eastern gateway of Hope’s campus. The arena will provide a new home court for the Hope men’s basketball, the Holland Christian Schools, and serve as a host for community events.