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School plans $11M academic complex and museum

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Ave Maria University plans to construct a new building in honor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta that will provide space for the school's nursing program and venues for the performing arts.

The $11 million project includes 37,000 square feet of space for classrooms, a nursing laboratory, 13 private offices for faculty and staff space for Campus Ministry and the Mother Teresa Project, according to a statement.

The building also will include a permanent home for the Mother Teresa Museum, as well as a 400-seat performance hall and a 125-seat auditorium with a thrust stage, the release adds. The auditorium is designed for the university's nationally acclaimed Shakespeare productions and can also accommodate academic lectures, students on retreat and groups who visit the museum.

“It is entirely fitting that we will be breaking ground on a building that will house America's only Mother Teresa Project and museum at the very time the Vatican has declared her a modern-day saint,” Ave Maria University board chairman Michael Timmis says in the release. “It was Tom Monaghan's dream from day one that Ave Maria University would graduate students who would follow in the footsteps of the saints, and these new facilities will help enable that.”

The building will be located on the main quad of the campus, north of the Paul M. Henkels Academic Building and east of the Bob Thomas Student Union. Ave Maria University plans to host a ceremonial groundbreaking Nov. 11 at 11:45 a.m. to commemorate the construction of phase one of the new academic building.

The University has raised more than $6.5 million to fund the costs of phase one, which consists of the construction of the main structure of the building and the completion of the interior of the wing that houses the auditorium. The final phase of construction will begin once the remaining funding has been secured, school officials say.

Phase one construction will begin in early 2017, the release states, when the permitting process is completed, and should be completed by year's end.


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