UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University officials have announced plans to build a $20 million, 55,000 square foot campus center that will more than triple Taylor’s current student union, create overflow seating for Taylor chapel services, centralize student development offices, and serve as home to a campus bookstore, grille and coffee shop.
The facility will be named the LaRita R. Boren Campus Center to honor the memory of longtime Taylor trustee, honorary alumna and friend, LaRita Boren.
The Boren Center will be constructed adjacent to Taylor’s Rediger Chapel/Auditorium and will add chapel overflow seating for 225. The first floor of the new building will contain 400 seats in a common gathering and dining area, a food service area, the Jumping Bean coffee shop, Taylor’s campus store, a small auditorium seating 255, the Calling and Career Office, and the Office of Intercultural Programs.
The second floor will house student leadership, local and international student ministries, the Spencer Centre for Global Engagement, counseling, and other programs associated with the Center for Student Development.
The new facility will replace the current Taylor student union. Known as “The Dome,” the existing union was built in the 1950s when enrollment was about 600, less than one third of Taylor’s current enrollment.