Groundbreaking ceremony at Trinity Western University marks the start of construction for the Robert G. Kuhn Building. (TWU/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Trinity Western breaks ground on new school of business facility

Robert G Kuhn Building is named after the President Emeritus who finished his term in 2019

Trinity Western University (TWU) is held a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, Feb. 14, to launch the construction of a marquee building at the campus’s entrance.

The Robert G Kuhn Building will house the School of Business, TWU GLOBAL, and Student Life’s Global Engagement office.

TWU staff said the addition to the campus will help TWU meet the growing demand for future-forward programs taught in small, interactive classrooms where students receive more personalized attention.

The building has been a vision for several years and we could not be more thrilled to start construction, said Aklilu Mulat, senior vice president of business administration and chief financial officer.

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“We are grateful to our donors for wholeheartedly believing in Trinity Western University’s mission. Our current season of growth and this new addition to our campus would not have been possible without their continued support. We are excited about our future as we actively engage in education as a global institution.”

The building’s name honours the legacy of President Emeritus Bob Kuhn, who finished his presidential term in 2019.

As university president, he battled to establish a law school at the private Christian university that was opposed by several law associations who refused to recognize the school because of a TWU covenant seen by some as anti-gay.

After the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against TWU, the university announced the covenant would no longer be mandatory for students.

During the legal battle, Kuhn noted the TWU covenant also says that “all students and faculty are to love and respect other people, regardless of their background or personal characteristics. TWU is a community of diversity and acceptance. This campus is a Christian home for four thousand students with an array of opinions and beliefs.”

Kuhn became an advocate for research into Parkinson’s disease after he was diagnosed with the disorder in January of 2006.

The cost of the project is $35 million and will be ready for staff and faculty to move in August of 2021.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place 1:30 p.m. and was officiated by current president Mark Husbands.

For more information, visit www.twu.ca/robertgkuhn

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