Trevecca conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for a new alumni center on Monday, June 14, 2010, at 11:30 AM.
President Dan Boone explained to the audience that the construction of this building was being made possible by donations primarily from younger alumni. Ron Jones, representing Trevecca Towers, which had participated in a land swap that made the location of the building possible spoke. David Caldwell, Trevecca executive vice president for finance and administration, introduced persons whose advice and counsel had been instrumental in the project development. Then he asked President Emeritus Millard Reed to begin the process of dismantling the building that currently stands on part of the building site. President Reed, who had dreamed of a new alumni center during his presidency, pulled the ceremonial rope that brought down (with the help of a bulldozer) the exterior stairway of the building began the demolition of the old security building.
President Boone and a group of donors broke the ground for the new building. Other persons and groups then took part in the historical moment.
Occupancy for this 3-story building is projected for early 2011. It will be located on Lester Avenue, the main drive into the campus, and across from Waggoner Library. It will cost $1.9 million and will include an alumni hospitality center, meeting rooms, and offices for 20 employees. It will have 7,600 square feet of finished space and 4,300 square feet of storage. Naming opportunities for this building are still available.
The building was designed by MIMS Architecture of Hermitage, Tenn., and American Constructors will manage the project.