Saint Martin’s University dedicates Harned Hall

New classroom building adds 20,000 square feet of new classroom space

October 15, 2008

Lacey, Washington—Saint Martin’s University will dedicate Harned Hall, its new 20,000 square foot classroom building on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a blessing and dedication.

Named for Pierce County developer, H. C. “Joe” Harned, the new 20,000 square-foot academic center will provide eight multi-functional classrooms, a large computer lab, specialized spaces for engineering students including computer laboratories, an amphitheater-style lecture hall, a student lounge and a café.

“Harned Hall provides our faculty and students with some critically needed classroom space,” commented David Spangler, interim president. “The facility will improve the quality of education that Saint Martin’s offers all its students not just those in a particular discipline.”

However, Vince McClure, retiring dean of the School of Engineering, is especially pleased that engineering students and faculty will benefit from the new building. “Harned Hall provides much needed classroom space so that we can now dedicate Cebula Hall to laboratories—something we have wanted and needed to do for some time.” New engineering laboratories are also located in Zaverl Hall which the University opened in 2007.

Saint Martin’s opened Harned Hall for use on October 20th.

In addition to classrooms, students and faculty will be able to gather in the new William Yandow ’65 Student Lounge and take advantage of Jazzman Café, provided by Anchor Bank, which serves take out food as well as espresso, lattes and other drinks.

“Our goal is to provide more space where students and faculty can interact outside the classroom,” commented Richard Langill, the University’s vice-president for Academic Affairs. “These informal conversations allow students to explore topics of interest in more depth, get extra assistance or simply build a stronger bond with the faculty.”

Joe Harned made a significant gift to Saint Martin’s A Winning Spirit Campaign for recreation and athletic facilities earlier in the year. The campaign has now raised $5.6 million toward its $7.65 million goal.

“Saint Martin’s is moving in the right direction,” commented Harned. “I am pleased that so many students will benefit from this wonderful building.”

McGranahan Architects designed Harned Hall and Berschauer Phillips Construction Company provided construction management services.

Saint Martin’s recently broke ground on a new 39,000 square foot recreation and fitness center which will open next September. In addition, the University opened Parsons Hall, a new 262-bed residence hall, in August and is constructing a new track and infield.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 student from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:

Stephen C. McGlone
Vice president for institutional advancement