Students at Central Baptist College could have a new residence hall by the start of the next school year.
CBC President Terry Kimbrow announced Thursday a $6 million commitment by Magnolia residents Max and Debbie Story for the construction of the new 150-bed hall. The gift is the largest in the school’s history.
Preliminary plans for the three-story facility are in the works under the direction of Rik Sowell Architects, Kimbrow said. The residence hall will double the capacity of current student housing and will include a separate wing for male and female students and a common area.
The facility will be built at the south side of the existing campus in an area currently occupied by homes and lots the school has acquired.
“We are also looking at various models for room arrangement,” Kimbrow said. “Trends in student housing are ever-changing, and we want to be as efficient as possible while still meeting the needs of our student population.”
Kimbrow called the residence hall’s construction plan “aggressive,” and said he hopes to have the building move-in ready for students by August 2014.
The residence hall is the third in a series of ten projects to be funded under the school’s “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making” campaign. The plan is to complete ten major projects in ten years to accommodate an enrollment of 2020 students.
The first phase of the project included the construction of the 38,000 square-foot David T. Watkins Academic Building, completed in August 2012. The second project is the construction of the school’s 17,000 square-foot library, expected to be completed in December. Both buildings were constructed by Clark Contractors of Little Rock.
Kimbrow also announced the school would be naming the library in honor of the Story family, who were also major contributors in the construction of the academic building.
“What a fitting tribute to two of the most charitable people I have ever met,” Kimbrow said.
The campaign was launched in 2011 and has exceeded $16 million in contributions. The new residence hall will mark the completion of the first phase of Vision 2020.
Up next, Kimbrow said, is a plan to upgrade the school’s athletic facilities. CBC is an NAIA schoool and participates in the MCAC conference.
“With 10 intercollegiate sports teams, we definitely need to upgrade our facilities,” Kimbrow said.
CBC is a four-year liberal arts institution with an enrollment of over 800 students. For more information on the school or Vision 2020, visit www.cbc.edu.
(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached by phone at 501-505-1277 or by email at email@example.com.)