University of Evansville Reaches Key Fundraising Goal for Hyde Hall Renovations

Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The University of Evansville has reached the first critical goal in the fundraising campaign to renovate one of its most-used buildings. The completion of this goal enables the University to proceed with renovations to Hyde Hall.

Hyde Hall is located in the heart of campus and houses Shanklin Theatre, home of the University of Evansville’s nationally renowned undergraduate theatre program. Hyde Hall is also home to the administrative offices for the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences and other faculty offices, classrooms, and core learning spaces.

Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2018 with an estimated completion date in Fall 2019.

“Virtually every student who passes through the University of Evansville will have attended a class in Hyde Hall,” said UE president Tom Kazee. “The completion of this fundraising goal will directly impact the entire campus community.”  

Renovations to Hyde Hall will provide academic space upgrades including interactive learning centers equipped with technology allowing for collaborative, project-based work and group learning.

Along with upgraded learning spaces, Hyde Hall will receive an advanced energy efficient heating and cooling system, illustrating UE’s commitment to providing a sustainable, healthy learning environment.

“None of this would be possible without the dedication of our donors,” said Abigail Werling, vice president for development and alumni relations at UE. “We’ve reached the first $5 million milestone on a total project cost of roughly $8 million strictly through the generosity of our supporters. Their contributions will provide the next generation with an enhanced college experience grounded in the liberal arts.”

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