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Cedarville University begins construction of business center, plans more student housing

Estimated costs to build the Scharnberg Center jumped about $8 million due to inflation and labor costs, White said. The difference would be made up by “undesignated” donations to the capital campaign, university leaders previously told the Dayton Daily News.

Cedarville administrators also recently approved the construction of even more student housing, citing rising enrollment. In August, the university opened the $7.5 million Duane Wood residence hall, which will house 108 to 120 women, and Cedarville has a 120-bed dorm under construction, White said. The university will add another 300-bed dorm the following fall.

The two new residence hall projects are separate from the university’s fundraising campaign and are not yet priced, White said.

“We now have over 5,000 students for the first time in history,” he said. “We’re up in our freshman class by more than 17% year-over-year with another enrollment record, which has been really good.”

To date, the university has raised $114.5 million toward the Thousand Days campaign goal of $125 million. Of this amount, $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 its $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.