Catching Up on Summer Campus Projects

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The BJU campus was rarely quiet in the 13 weeks since commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

The annual EDUcamp, Bruins Sports Camps and Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University’s Kids Create! were huge successes, serving thousands of visitors. Members of the Class of 2025 and their families attended Summer Orientation, while prospective students toured the campus.

Multiple facilities and grounds projects were completed, some projects are awaiting the supply chain to catch up with orders, and more work big and small is being scheduled.

Men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms were constructed and outfitted in the Fremont Fitness Center, and the sports courts in the Davis Field House were rehabbed and a new design installed on the main floor. Additional athletic department projects are planned as the Bruins move toward full NCAA Division III membership.

“We are excited to enter our 10th year in Bruins athletics. We marvel at how God has blessed us over the years and are looking forward to continuing to fulfill our mission of using sports as a platform for ministry,” Director of Athletics Dr. Neal Ring said.

“We are excited to continue to tell the story of Bruins athletics through branding and messaging throughout our facilities. Over our 10-year history, we have celebrated many individual and team achievements and we look forward to showcasing that to help tell our story to recruits, alumni and the community.”

The 2021–22 intercollegiate athletic season opens Aug. 28 when the women’s volleyball team meets NAIA opponent Reinhardt, which went 22-6 last year and is the top pick among Appalachian Athletic Conference coaches to win the championship. The Bruins are coming off their third successive NCCAA Division II national championship.

Other major projects:

  • Renovation of area on first floor of Mack Building to create 12-bed addition to Nursing Skills Lab, bringing the total to 26.
  • Renovation of areas in the Pennington Child Development Center to create two rooms for 2-year-olds, who will move from the Primary Center. Also, installed a sidewalk behind the building and updated green space.
  • Removal of trees that had surpassed their lifespan, including a large pine near the Welcome Center. Landscaping was installed in its place, including a Japanese maple given in memory of the late Sam Brenneman, a longtime BJU facilities employee.
  • Spruced up perennial flower beds and planted shrubbery near several buildings.
  • Replacement of the Margaret Mack residence hall water supply and drain-waste-vent system.
  • Installation of new Culinary Arts kitchen floor.
  • Updates to the Davis Room in Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common.
  • General maintenance, such as HVAC repair or replacement, roof replacement and other mechanical updates to buildings, and power washing the Student Center Mall.

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David Lewandowski is the content manager in BJU’s Marketing department and a contributor to BJUtoday.