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NGU’s March 2 Donnan/COBE Dedication Includes Beam Signing

Posted on: February 22, 2023
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, SC (February 22, 2023) With a major renovation under way for North Greenville University’s (NGU) historic administration building, members of the NGU community will join with trustees and donors for a prayer and dedication ceremony on Thursday, March 2.

The 1:15 p.m. event at the site of the Donnan Administration Building construction project will include the opportunity for students, faculty, staff, donors, administrators, and board members to sign a steel beam which will become part of the transformed structure. For those whose schedules prevent them from attending the event, the beam will be available that afternoon until 3:30 p.m.

Designed to provide a new home for NGU’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship and a suite of offices for the university’s senior leadership, the construction project was launched in the fall of 2022 and is tracking towards completion this fall.

The Donnan Administration building has been a campus landmark since it opened in 1955. The 19,000-square-foot two-story facility has housed the president’s office, and NGU’s business office throughout its history. It has provided several classrooms and also is the past home to the university’s Hester Library and has offices for various administrative units. The structure sits atop the highest point on the Tigerville Campus, overlooking NGU’s central quadrangle.

The $9.7 million Donnan/COBE Project will provide five contemporary classrooms; student gathering, meeting, collaboration spaces; and faculty offices for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, which enrolled nearly 500 students in the 2022-23 academic year. The renovated facility also will include a 25-person conference room. The new office suite for senior administrators will bring NGU’s chief executive, operating, academic, and financial officers, as well as general counsel, under one roof.

“A beam signing ceremony is a long-standing tradition for construction projects and it is important for this team to come together to celebrate an important milestone,” noted NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “Some will simply sign their names, while others will leave messages or write their favorite Bible verse.”

Columbia-based Hood Construction is the general contractor. Equip Studio, headquartered in Greenville, is the project architect. Jones Lang LaSalle IP, Inc., is providing project management.
For more information on the project, including information on naming opportunities within the building, visit

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