Cedarville opens new residence hall and athletic center expansion this week

Project took $8M and 16 months to complete.

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University opened its expansion to its Callan Athletic Center today, adding new athletic facilities, as well as new classrooms, labs, and administrative centers.

The $8 million expansion includes a new weight room, and a 2,000-square-foot team room for athletic staff and student athletes to meet, review film, host events, and recruit students. It will also include faculty offices, classrooms, and labs for the new Master of Athletic Training and the burgeoning Physician Assistant Studies graduate programs. The second floor is dedicated to classrooms, labs and offices for the School of Allied Health, the university said.

Cedarville’s new Master of Athletic Training program began enrolling its first graduate students this summer. The developing physician assistant program is expected to begin in 2023, pending all external approvals, and will also be housed in the Callan facility.

The university will also dedicate Duane Wood Residence Hall on Friday, a new $7.5 million residence hall for 108-120 women. Cedarville is expected to announce its largest student enrollment when official numbers are finalized in September, the university said, and students will begin moving into the new residence hall next week.

Wood Hall is named in memory of longtime Cedarville administrator and graduate professor Duane Wood. Wood led the development of Cedarville’s school of engineering and computer science, according to the university, and paved the way for a school of pharmacy and the Industrial and Innovative Design program, in partnership with the International Center for Creativity in Columbus. He served as academic vice president from 1987 to 2005 and then as executive director of program development from 2005 to 2010.

The expansion and residence hall are funded partially through the “One Thousand Days Transformed” campaign, the largest fundraising push in the private, Christian university’s history. Of the $125 million goal, $92.5 million is dedicated to improving university facilities, including the construction of the $38 million Lorne D. Sharnberg Business Center, which will house the university’s school of business. To date, the campaign has received $106.2 million in contributions toward the $125 million goal.

“We are grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to grow and expand our academic and athletic facilities,” noted Cedarville University President Dr. Thomas White. “The transformation of the Callan Athletic Center will bless our allied health majors, our athletes and athletics staff, and our entire campus. We thank God for the resources he has graciously provided.”

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