Science facilities at Augustana College are about to expand. On Wednesday, it announced a gift of $2.5 million from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to add on to The Hanson Hall of Science.
The expansion will add about 22,000 square feet of space, and will include new classrooms, labs, and faculty offices. Construction is set to begin in 2018, and the project is expected to cost the college around $8 million in total.
Public Relations Director Sam Schlouch says expanding the building will allow the college to accommodate the growing number of students interested in science fields.
The Carver Trust first gave to Augustana in 1970, and helped establish an honors program and to build the Hanson Hall of Science, which opened in 1998. Augustana has received a total of nearly $16 million from the Trust.