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University of Providence celebrates University Center construction progress

Posted at 4:01 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 19:05:08-05

The University of Providence celebrated the construction progress of the University Center building on Wednesday.

They planned to place the highest steel beam during the celebration, but high winds made moving the beam too dangerous.

The $15-16 million project is set to open for students in the fall of 2019.

The University Center will house a new classroom, lecture hall, collaboration rooms, student services, and administration offices.

The building will also hold the Trinitas Art Gallery and multipurpose meeting space.

University President Tony Aretz says the construction is a sign of the University’s perseverance.

“A lot of the rurally situated liberal arts universities are struggling nationwide, hardly a month goes by without a small college closing its doors and I think this shows the commitment of Providence Saint Joseph Health and the commitment of our campus community.”

Aretz adds that this is the first major new construction project on campus since the 1960’s.

The University Center is part of a $25 million grant, which also includes a wrestling practice facility that opened this fall and updates to the Student Center that opened in the fall of 2018.

The projects are a result of the longstanding partnership between the University of Providence and Providence St. Joseph Health.

-Reported by Joe Huisinga/MTN News