Estimated costs to build the Scharnberg Center have jumped by roughly $8 million due to inflation and labor costs, White said. The difference would be made up by “undesignated” donations towards the capital campaign, university leadership previously told the Dayton Daily News.
Cedarville trustees also recently approved building even more student housing, citing growing enrollment. In August, the university opened the $7.5 million Duane Wood Residence Hall, which will house 108-120 women, and Cedarville has a 120-bed dorm under construction, White said. The university will be adding another dorm with 300 beds the following fall.
The two new residence hall projects are separate from the university’s capital campaign, and do not yet have a price tag, White said.
“We are up over 5,000 students now for the first time in history,” he said. “We are up in our freshman class over 17% year over year with another record enrollment, which has been really good.”
To date, the university has raised $114.5 million toward the $125 million goal of the One Thousand Days campaign. Of that, $92.5 million is dedicated to improving university facilities. Other projects include a $7 million dining hall and community space, and the $3 million Civil Engineering Center, both built in 2020.
In August, Cedarville opened the $8 million expansion to its Callan Athletic Center, adding new athletic facilities, as well as new classrooms, labs, and administrative centers. The university is also planning another classroom building on the east side of campus near State Route 72.