The library will provide space for students and faculty to study and collaborate, and the new café and conversation corner will be places to relax between classes. Joining the north and south campuses over Grant Avenue, the bridge will provide a safe route between campuses.
The CONNECT campaign, headed by Elmer Hildebrand, CEO of Golden West Broadcasting, is responsible for fundraising for the new complex. Since the campaign's 2012 launch, roughly $10 million of the $13.9 million goal has been raised.
CMU officials attribute their fundraising success to the strength and commitment of a volunteer campaign cabinet, the leadership provided by Hildebrand, the solid vision of the project, the need for these new facilities, and the significance of CMU's leadership, including the new president and faculty.
"One of the things that really excites me about this campaign," says Hildebrand, "is the project's ability to profoundly impact the future of our church, by equipping young people to live out their faith and make a difference in a challenging world.
"With the commitment and support of our alumni and friends in our CONNECT Campaign, I am confident that we can bring this project to its successful completion."
On July 8, CMU president Cheryl Pauls gathered with federal, provincial, and civic representatives to celebrate the start of construction on the complex, which is expected to be complete by September 2014.