On Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, construction began on the new James and Jeanette Ling Science Center at Lubbock Christian University with a groundbreaking ceremony involving current science professors and project benefactors. The new facility will aid in continuing the growth and advancement of science programs at LCU.
“The groundbreaking was a wonderful celebration of community as we marked this historic occasion, recognized the many friends and donors who have made this possible, and looked ahead to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility that will provide a great home for our science faculty and students for many years to come,” said President Tim Perrin.
The approximately 37,000 square foot facility will include laboratories for chemistry, physics, biology, natural resources, animal science, and undergrad and faculty research. Additionally, it will contain two lecture halls, 18 faculty offices, and common areas for students. It will be located across Eileen Blvd. from the McDonald Moody auditorium.
During scheduled chapel time, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the surrounding community gathered at the currently vacant lot to witness the groundbreaking. Worship was led by the LCU Praise Choir at the direction of Philip Camp. President Perrin and Warren McNeill, VP of Public Relations, each said a few words before welcoming Hanson Ling to the front.
Ling (’69) made the lead gift on the building project, which was named for his parents, James and Jeanette. Previously, Ling has partnered with LCU on a number of initiatives, including the Diana Ling Center for Academic Achievement. Raymond Richardson read a statement Ling prepared for the occasion. Then Ling grabbed a shovel and took his place alongside the members of the LCU science department for the groundbreaking.
Together, President Perrin, Ling, and the science faculty symbolically overturned the first row of soil. The facility should be ready to open and host classes during the 2016-2017 school year.
After the first permanent science building on the LCU campus opened in 1970, the sciences have become the largest and fastest growing academic area on campus. Even after graduation, students of the sciences enjoy great success with admission rates into graduate and professional schools that are much higher than the national average.