Manchester University adding $9.5M in building projects

(photo supplied / Manchester University)

Manchester University is adding 36,000 square feet of student learning and services space.

Work began at the $1 million Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center last month. Now the University expects to break ground in mid-May on the $8.5 million Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center.

The Chinworth Center is expected to open at the start of the 2019-20 academic year, according to a press release from the school. It will house the College of Business on the second floor, with the registrar and student financial services going in to the first floor along with a student services hub.

University President Dave McFadden expressed gratitude for the philanthropist alumnus whose large donation made the Chinworth Center possible.

“We are forever grateful to alumnus Herb Chinworth who gave Manchester more than $5 million to name the facility in honor of his parents, Augustus and Lockie Chinworth,” he explains.

Unfortunately, Herb Chinworth will not be able to see the finished project, as he passed away in May of 2017.

The school is still seeking additional donations for the Chinworth Center, which can be made here.