Monmouth College celebrates progress toward new building

By Chad Weber

December 18, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM CDT

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- It was out with the old and in with the new at Monmouth College on Tuesday.

The college buried a time capsule right into the concrete at the base of their brand new $40 million dollar Center for Science and Business.

The capsule contained college documents and something representing each of the nine departments that will be housed in the new building.

Monmouth President Mauri Ditzler said the building's combination of business and science students under one roof is a way to encourage cooperation and learning among those of different disciplines.

"We want our business students to leave here with a real knowledge of what's happening on the cutting edge of science," said Ditzler. "We want them to be comfortable talking to science students. We want them to form contacts they will use later in life. And the reverse, we want our science students to be comfortable with ideas of business."

The 138,000 square foot building will become the largest on campus.

It is expected to be completed by March and ready for classes by the Fall of 2013.

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