The US$100 million campus master plan for Taylor University, in upland Indiana has been unveiled. The master plan involves investment in five key areas. These include the dining facilities, the academic buildings, residences, hospitality and co-curricular investments. Currently, US$70 million has already been invested in projects that are already underway. This includes US$25 million for the Horne Academic Centre. Construction on the 45,000-square-foot centre began in September 2022.
Included in the unveiling was the Nussbaum Science Center where renovations are expected to begin in December. The university claims it will be a first-class training facility for the university’s future School of Nursing. The nursing program is currently pending accreditation approval. It will however begin accepting students for the 2024-25 academic year. Additionally, the university is using a nearly $2 million gift from the Don Wood Foundation to enhance its engineering facilities.
Another project currently underway is the full renovation of the Hodson Dining Commons. Taylor University says it is one of the most ambitious projects it has undertaken. It includes a 650-seat event centre with outdoor dining and gathering spaces. Taylor is also planning a new food venue near the campus library, which would double the school’s dining capacity.
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Last week, the university broke ground on Residential Village. The village will feature apartment-style housing for upperclassmen and graduate students. Taylor also has plans for a 20,000-square-foot Welcome Center. The centre will house admissions, advancement, alumni and parent relations, and marketing offices, as well as the president’s office. A timeline for construction was not provided. Detailed plans for the project, which is being funded with a $5 million lead gift, will be released in 2024.
“These are exciting times of growth and investment,” President Michael Lindsay said in the release. “We are working hard to make the Taylor campus more beautiful, engaging, and an inspiring place where our students can thrive. From new academic spaces to residence halls to co-curricular investments, we want this campus and our local community, which students call home, to be a great place of flourishing.”