After receiving $55 million from three donors – including its largest gift ever – Abilene Christian University is embarking on a transformative initiative that will transform the campus in a way not seen for 50 years.
Together, the gifts make possible with additional fundraising five new facilities:
1. Robert R. and Kay Onstead Science Center, a transformation of the 85,000-square-foot Foster Science building that will include classrooms, labs and offices for the four ACU science departments – biology, chemistry and biochemistry, engineering and physics, and mathematics.
2. Halbert-Walling Research Center, a 54,000-square-foot building for science labs, classrooms and offices located between Phillips Education Building and Nelson Hall.
3 .Engineering and Physics Laboratories at Bennett Gymnasium, providing classroom, laboratory and office space for a fast-growing department.
4. Wildcat Stadium, an 8,500-seat football facility, with room for up to 12,000 total fans, the first on campus since 1942. Its playing surface will be called Anthony Field.
5. A new Elmer Gray Stadium, a combined facility for the university’s successful women’s soccer program and legendary track and field program that seats 1,000 fans.
Elmer Gray Stadium opened in April 2015, and the Engineering and Physics Laboratories at Bennett Gymnasium had its grand opening in August 2015. Construction on the remaining science facilities is ongoing, and the groundbreaking ceremony for Wildcat Stadium is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19.