The new 60,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed for Grace’s commencement ceremonies on May 5, 2007. To date, construction is on schedule.
The new $9.1 million center will meet the needs not only of Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary for chapels, conferences, meetings, and indoor sports events, but also is designed for businesses and organizations that hold events with an audience of up to 2,800 people, such as business meetings and seminars; trade shows and exhibitions; musical events and concerts; home, boat and craft shows; and athletic events.
The OCC will be “home” to Equip07, the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, scheduled for July 29-August 3, 2007. Sunday evening of that week Grace will have a special reception and dedication of the Center.
Three of the college area’s largest employers donated $1 million each to make the center possible: Biomet Orthopaedics, Inc.; DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.; and Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
A Web cam offers Web site visitors a live view of the exterior construction and will be in operation until the project is completed.