The first new building in 40 years at Washington Adventist University is now completed. The building—the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center—was declared finished on December 5 by Larry E. Walker, principal for the construction company, the Walker Group. Complete handover is scheduled for Dec. 16.
“It is with great pleasure that I confirm the completion of the music building. We sincerely hope that your administration, the Board of Trustees, alumni, students and the entire Washington Adventist University family are proud of the project,” Walker said in a letter to President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “We are certainly proud of being a part of your team and providing you with this state of the art, sustainable project.”The building features cutting-edge technology, multiple practice rooms, libraries, smart classrooms, recital rooms and teaching studios and is expected to add enormously to the timber of University life in general and to the richness of its fine arts programs. Its completion is a punctuation mark on a dream which has had its fair share of twists and turns. Originally slated for the front of Sligo Church on the corner of Carroll and Flower Avenues, the building now sits to the rear of the church with several design changes.
Funding for the project came from the State of Maryland, which provided a $2.2 million grant with the understanding that WAU would match that amount and complete the building within a year. The University board voted the $2.2 million, one million of which was donated by philanthropists Leroy and Lois Peters of Howard County, MD.
A formal grand opening of the building is planned for alumni weekend, April 13-15, 2012.