Dordt College News

Groundbreaking held for new apartment construction

July 9, 2009


A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Dordt College Thursday, July 9, at 1 p.m., marking the start of a $12 million building project to provide additional apartment-style campus housing for students.

Participating in the groundbreaking were Paul Clousing, Sioux Center city manager; Pete Hoogendoorn, Hoogendoorn Construction; Dennis Walstra, mayor of Sioux Center; Erik Hoekstra, provost; Troy Ellens and David Christensen, representing Student Symposium; Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College; Bethany Schuttinga, associate provost for co-curricular programs; Robert Taylor, director of residence life; Alvin Shim, representing Student Symposium.

Dr. Zylstra said the new project is possible because of Dordt's supporting constituency, alumni, staff and faculty, who have made Dordt College the vibrant institution it is today. He also noted the college’s board of trustees, those on Dordt’s planning team, architects Angelini and Associates, local banks financing the project, and Hoogendoorn Construction, the general contractor for the project.

“With God’s blessing, this building will enhance and sustain our mission for the next half century and beyond," said Dr. Zylstra.

The new apartments will provide a top quality living environment for 191 upper class students, gathered in apartments of six-person living and learning groups.

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