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UT to Begin Construction of Sykes Chapel

Published: October 17, 2008

Next Thursday the University of Tampa will begin a project that promises to provide a major enhancement to students’ academic and personal development.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values will take place Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. on the UT campus.

The ceremony, which will include presentations by UT President Ronald Vaughn, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, members of the UT Board of Trustees, and project donors, will be held at the future site of the facility on North B Street across from the Brevard residence hall. Refreshments will be served, and “tours” of the project will be provided.

The interfaith facility, announced last May, includes a 300-seat main hall, meeting and meditation rooms, a 3,184-pipe custom-built organ, a plaza and a 75-foot, 60-bell grand musical sculpture/fountain. The project is being built through a multi-million dollar lead gift from John H. and Susan Sykes, and the total project is valued at $19.5 million.

President Vaughn has said that the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values will continue the transformation of UT’s campus and further enrich the educational environment and experience.

The chapel/center is scheduled for completion in January 2010. Construction of the pipe organ and the outdoor musical sculpture/fountain are to be completed afterwards.

The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values will represent the eighth completely new building on UT’s campus in the past decade. The architectural firm is Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback and Associates of Atlanta, and the construction firm will be Peter R. Brown Construction Inc. of Clearwater, FL.

For more about the Chapel/Center, visit the Chapel Web page .