Grace College broke ground March 24 on the $8 million Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex on its Winona Lake campus. The the college says the complex is part of the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, a $37 million campaign announced the day earlier to empower the next generation to lead and serve well.
The Science Complex will renovate 22,500 sq. ft. of existing space and create 13,000 sq. ft. of new space for Grace’s growing science and math programs. The new complex will equip students with upgraded laboratories and modern classrooms; it will provide a contemporary hub for lakes and streams research and additional office and multi-purpose space.
The new science complex is named after Dr. Dane Miller, co-founder and 39-year president and CEO of Biomet. Miller was a Warsaw and Winona Lake resident for nearly 40 years. He and his wife Mary Louise have invested substantially in the local community, including at Grace College & Seminary.
“The Millers have generously given of their time, wisdom, and resources to Grace College over the course of our friendship,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “We are delighted that Mary Louise allowed us to name this complex in memory of Dane.”
Katip announced that more than $7.1 million has been raised to date toward the $8 million goal for the Science Complex. This total includes a lead gift from Mrs. Mary Louise Miller, a significant contribution from Zimmer Biomet, and a $1 million grant from the K21 Health Foundation to fund new space and laboratories for the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams.