Education: $15.7 million Animal Science building up next at Berry; work to begin in early 2020.

Education: $15.7 million Animal Science building up next at Berry; work to begin in early 2020.

As Berry College prepares to finish the $6.3 million renovation of the Ford Auditorium by January, news is out the next big project on campus.

In a story posted by Berry’s Campus Carrier, written by Journey Pitts and Shelby Sims (full story here), the college plans to begin construction of a new Animal Science building in May, targeting a fall 2021 opening. “This $15.7 million project will be constructed as an extension of McAllister Hall. It will serve as a standalone wing but will attach at the rear entry door. The new addition will extend into the parking lot but will not have any major impacts on McAllister as it currently stands,” according to The Carrier. 

The article quotes Berry’s Director of Strategic Planning, Todd Bradford, as saying “McAllister won’t change. There will be 15-20 parking spaces that will be affected, but we’re going to restripe and accommodate for those, so there won’t be any real changes.” 

The animal science program is currently housed in Westcott, a 64-year-old building located just past the Ford Complex. The addition will feature a 60-seat auditorium styled classroom, as well as two “Technology Enabled Active Learning” classrooms. This technology will allow for a format of teaching that encourages interactive learning and collaboration for students. It will also include eight labs for student instruction and research, all filled with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. 

More from Berry and the Animal Science project:

“Next is a 23,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory building to be located adjacent to the existing McAllister Hall science center. This $15.7 million facility is designed specifically for laboratory-based activities such as courses in veterinary microbiology and reproductive physiology, as well as to facilitate and enhance research involving faculty and students.”

Fundraising for the project continues. Naming opportunities / Brochure on the project.

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