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Lancaster Bible College plans $5.2M student housing expansion

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Three years of annual attendance growth approaching 10 percent is among the reasons Lancaster Bible College is planning to expand its student housing, according to LBC Vice President John Zeswitz.

Historically, Zeswitz said, Manheim Township-based LBC has experienced a steady growth of approximately 5 percent annually, and the recent uptick positions LBC to pass 2,000 students this fall across its seven locations in six states.

"Over the last three years we have crafted strategic partnerships with various other educational entities, including Capital Seminary in Maryland," Zeswitz said. "New programs like business administration and expanded PhD offerings have helped as well. We are thankful!"

Zeswitz said the existing Brubaker and Clemons residence halls were built in 1977 and 1978 and together have 68 beds. They are outdated and will be phased out as part of the overall master plan for the college, with Brubaker to be demolished for a plaza area between the new Frey Center, the new housing and the Ilead building that will include green space, walks and seating. Clemons will be converted into offices.

The college is planning to replace them with a new 110-unit building, for a net gain of 42 beds. The project will also entail realigning the existing Manheim Township linear trail. Zeswitz said the plan will be presented to the board in August, with a goal of completing the project by fall 2015.

Local companies involved in the project include Manheim Township-based Beers & Hoffman Ltd. Architects, Lititz-based Pusey & Raffensperger Builders Inc. and Lititz-based Derck & Edson Associates.

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