Renovations to Cedarville University’s Jeremiah Chapel will begin today, when crews begin removing pews in preparation for an overhaul of the facility.
The revised auditorium will be completed by August and in time for the start of the 2016-17 academic year, according to a press release.
“We have been planning and praying for this project for months. It will be exciting to see the transition start as we are finishing chapel for the year,” Jon Wood, Ph.D., vice president for student life and Christian ministries, said in a release.
The final chapel service of the year at Cedarville will take place Wednesday.
The $3 million project will give the chapel much-needed upgrades while adding more seating as Cedarville continues to post record enrollment numbers.
The new enhancements mark the facility’s largest renovation project since the Dixon Ministry Center opened in 1996.
The renovations — which were approved by Cedarville’s board of trustees in October 2015 — will include new carpet, paint and seats, along with improvements to the facility’s lighting, sound, video and IT systems.
The current bench style pews will be replaced with new theater seats. Energy efficiency will be a point of emphasis, as the house lights will be replaced with eco-friendly LED fixtures, reducing energy consumption and maintenance requirements.
In addition, room 160 of the DMC — which sits directly behind the back wall of the chapel — will be removed to add an additional 160 seats. The additional seats will bring the total seating capacity of the Jeremiah Chapel to nearly 3,400.
The chapel renovation project is being financed exclusively through private donations, and will not come from student tuition or fees.
For more information, including ways to donate, visit www.cedarville.edu/chapelcampaign.
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