Groundbreaking set for Manchester University’s $8.5M Chinworth Center

Chinworth Center rendering (photo supplied / Manchester University)

Manchester University will break ground on the Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center on May 11.

The ceremony will be at the site of the building at 4:30 p.m., in the greenspace north of the Jo Young Switzer Center.

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The $8.5 million Chinworth Center is set to open at the start of the 2019-20 academic year, adding 36,000 square feet to be used for student learning and services.

The Arthur L. Gilbert College of Business, now housed in the Academic Center across the street, will move to the second floor of the Chinworth Center. This move creates space for academic programs to grow in both buildings.

The first floor will include a one-stop shop for the registrar and student financial services. The first-floor student services hub will also include social gathering areas and offices for study abroad, honors, student activities and other student-focused programs.

The building is named to honor the parents of philanthropist Herb Chinworth, who studied at Manchester from 1938 to 1940. He died in May 2017.

The University is midway through construction of the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center and Toyota Round.  That building is on course to open for the 2018-19 academic year.