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Millikin University breaks ground on new University Commons

Millikin University breaks ground on new University Commons

DECATUR–  The largest building project at Millikin University since 1902 is underway.


The university broke ground on their 87,000 square foot university commons building Friday morning; embarking on a nearly two year project.


The project will reconfigure the use and the look of the Staley Library, adding classrooms, a university center, dining hall, and house their campus radio and newspaper.


Millikin President Dr. Patrick White says the Commons will serve as a ‘center’ that the university is currently missing, “My hope for this is that it becomes a place for students and faculty to gather and to learn. I envision this becoming a meeting place where students can get their in-class learning, and out of class learning done.”


The four-story building is the largest part of Millikin’s ‘Transform U’ Campaign, which started in 2010. Since the launch of the campaign, White says they have raised over $90 million for the university.


“The cooperation from the public has been wonderful to help Milikin transform its campus and have the facilities that it deserves,” Millikin Board Chairman James Neff added. “There are so many other things going on around Decatur, it’s great that the community has chosen to support Millikin like it has.


White says construction on the commons will begin sometime early in 2016 and is scheduled to be completed during the fall of 2017.


“This commons is so much more than just another building,” White said. “This building will be the most Millikinesque building on campus and will serve as a lynchpin to keeping Millikin a top tier learning environment for students for years to come.”