LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA-Lincoln University broke ground on its new $26.1 million international cultural center. Designed by Dagit Saylor Architects of Philadelphia, the building will be constructed by Skanska USA Building Inc. It is scheduled for completion and occupancy by spring 2009.

The 60,000-sf ICC will feature an 1,100-seat performing arts auditorium, conference rooms, a language laboratory and an art gallery. “This is about enhancing the environment for learning,” the university’s director of communications tells “It’s important to build buildings and make sure your campus is updated with all the latest equipment.” He adds that the cultural center will “enrich students’ lives and experiences through the gallery, which will house our own art collection.”

As schools compete for the top students, the addition of the new ICC building has a practical aspect as well. “To attract students, you need to update the campus with new buildings and new technology,” the spokesperson explains. “Students look at those things when they’re making decisions about what school they want to attend.”

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