Officials from Taylor University broke ground Thursday on the $25 million Horne Academic Center. The facility, expected to open in 2024, will house the university’s Film and Media program, as well as its growing entrepreneurship offerings.
Construction on the 45,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin this fall.
“The groundbreaking for the Horne Academic Center marks a significant moment in the 176-year history of Taylor University,” Taylor President Michael Lindsay said in written remarks. “We are genuinely grateful to those whose sacrificial and visionary giving made this state-of-the-art facility possible.”
Taylor says funding for the project was completely privately raised. In May, the university received an anonymous, $3 million gift for the facility. That’s in addition to $5 million from Sweetwater founders Chuck and Lisa Surack and $3 million from Ken and Virginia Cornwall.
The building is named for Taylor alumna Dee Horne, who provided the $8 million lead gift for the project.
The university expects the building to open on August 1, 2024.