OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Miami University is breaking ground Thursday on the school's new student center.
The Armstrong Student Center will be located a the crossroads of student activity on campus, standing along Spring Street, diagonally across from Shriver Center and bordering The Hub and Upham Hall.
The groundbreaking event and post-event reception, hosted at Schiewetz Fine Arts Plaza, are open to the Miami and Oxford communities. The event kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
Approximately 150 representatives of Miami's more than 400 student-led groups will begin the event by processing down Slant Walk with ceremonial buckets of dirt that will be used in the groundbreaking.
According to Student Body President Nick Huber, who will speak at the groundbreaking along with student trustee Matt Shroder, the symbolism is fitting.
"From the ground up, the effort behind the Armstrong Student Center has been inspired by Miami students," Huber said. "It would not have been possible without the leadership of President David Hodge nor the generosity of Mike and Anne Armstrong and the more than 8,000 other Miamians who have contributed to make it a reality, but for nearly a decade, the perseverance of Miami's students kept this dream alive."
Miami's board of trustees approved planning for what would become the Armstrong Student Center in April 2008.
Scheduled for first-phase completion in 2014, the Armstrong Student Center has been designed by William Rawn Associates with an emphasis on bringing students together.
The 203,000 square-foot Armstrong Student Center project includes the renovation and repurposing of Gaskill, Rowan, and Culler Halls, which will be merged through the construction of a new central structure. Its signature spaces include a 500-seat theatre, the largest formal event space on campus, and a two-story Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL).