Drake University Holds Ceremony for New Academic Building

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drake University held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for its first new academic building in 20 years.

Collier-Scripps Hall is a $15 million, 50,000 square foot facility that will house Drake's school of education, the department of mathematics and computer science program. The price tag for the entire project is $56 million.

Drake's Dean for the School of Education, Janet McManhill says this represents a seven-year project of fundraising, program building, collecting, connecting, and counting on people all over the country.

"It affords an opportunity for us to showcase best practice, to show and teach how to administrate, research and learn in a state of art facility," McManhill said.

The building is one of two currently under construction as part of the "STEM@Drake" initiative.