Faculty and students of Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) on October 17 gathered to watch a crane place the final steel I-beam on William A. Franta Hall.
EDiS Company and Blackney Hayes Architects are behind the $30 million construction and renovation and sent representatives join in the celebratory topping off. The College’s Residential Facility Expansion Committee led by Executive Vice President Kristine Santomauro GBC Trustee and Chairman and CEO of Harvey, Hanna & Associates (HHA), E. Thomas Harvey III were also present.
The project includes the construction of a new residence hall that will house 152 students, the renovation of the Joseph West Jones Center, and the major expansion of an event space and the Athletics Department.
“This is a major milestone for Goldey-Beacom College and for Franta Hall,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, recently appointed College president. She continued, “It’s the symbolic completion of the structural phase of our new building which remains on schedule to receive its new occupants in August 2020. This building represents a completely new chapter in the life of Goldey-Beacom College, not just in design, but also in our student experience. With this massive presence on Limestone Road, Franta Hall will become a beacon for us that encourages us to engage our students and the greater GBC community on our journey.”
The board of trustees launched this project in February 2018 with vision and confidence.
“As I watched the crane drop the final beam into place, it took me back to my days as a student on the GBC campus,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees Mark Olazagasti, “and sure it was different then, but the important thing was our sense of community and belonging. Building Franta Hall is allowing us to give that same sense of belonging, along with spirit and pride, to this new generation of students.”