The Memphis Business Journal is reporting that a Cookeville architectural firm will be assisting Bethel College with a $20 million expansion project. Reporter Michael Sheffield says that after 10 years of growth, McKenzie, Tenn.-based college has begun a $20 million capital campaign to expand the school’s campus and is undergoing a charter and name change to Bethel University.
Greg Stamps, principal of Cookeville-based Stamps Design Group, Inc., and designer of Bethel’s master plan, says the school is only limited by fundraising because it already has the land for any expansions it needs. Stamps has worked on projects for Bethel since 2000, and says the new science building will be LEED silver certified. It will have the capability to generate its own power with solar panels and wind turbines. The project will also use recycled materials wherever possible, Stamps says.
Note from Jim: My uncle graduated from Bethel about 40 years ago after receiving a scholarship to play baseball for them. At least, that's what my dim memory tells me without calling him to actually ask.