A new chapel and a 124-bed dormitory are underway on the Lee University campus and are slated for completion later this year.
The new three-story dormitory will be the anchor of a six building student residential complex on the northeast side of the 125+ acre campus. The dormitory will feature 62 rooms that house two students with a shared restroom between each room. There will also be a two-story lobby, public restrooms, technology rooms, student lounge, and laundry facilities. Since 2003, five, two-story townhouse buildings have been constructed in the area surrounding the new dorm housing from 32 to 64 students. When the new dormitory opens for the 2011-2012 academic year this August, the complex combined will accommodate more than 300 students.
On the front of campus work continues on a new chapel which will be a practical and symbolic addition to the campus. The architecture is a neo-Gothic church-like and will include a traditional spire and steeple, vaulted ceiling in its nave and transept, and a full basement. It will seat up to 300 people and be a much different looking building compared to the two dozen structures built on the campus the past 20 years. Lee University President Dr. Paul Conn said the chapel will, “serve a unique function in the life of our university, and we want it to offer a unique look architecturally.” He summed up the purpose of the chapel as being, “an intimate space dedicated to worship, prayer, and the spiritual life of the campus.”
Lee University is the oldest educational institution of the Church of God beginning classes as Bible Training School on January 1, 1918. To learn more, visit www.leeuniversity.edu.