ROCHESTER HILLS, MI-The Rochester College Board of Trustees recently approved final plans for a $4 million new campus building that will adjoin a new library. The 25,000-sf multipurpose building will be occupied by December 2004, said college officials. The Ham Library was finished in 2002. Along with expanding the library, the new building will feature a greenhouse in the second floor, a 200-seat performing arts theater and conference hall, science labs and a new student center. The building was designed by TMP Associates Inc. of Bloomfield Hills.

The college also has plans to build a new residence hall for 110 students and a 43,000-sf gymnasium as part of its “Catch the Vision” fundraising program. Half of the fundraising for the new multipurpose building is in place, with major gifts to cover the $2 million difference, said college officials.

“If we can complete three new buildings in the next decade, in my judgment, we will have in place the final pieces, ‘the brick and mortar’, to firmly establish Rochester College among the premier Christ-centered colleges in Michigan,” said Ken Johnson, president of the college.

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