Central Baptist College will hold an official groundbreaking for its first of 16 phases of construction at 1 p.m. Monday.

The corner of College Avenue and Conway Boulevard is the site of the future Signature Academic Building, and work began Thursday on a parking lot foundation.

Curt Crook, director of project development, said crews were removing many loads of dirt laden with organic matter that was not suitable for building upon.

New dirt, heavy in clay, was being moved onto the site.

A 36,000 square-foot academic building will be raised on the corner nearer to College Avenue.

The three-story structure will house administrative offices on its first floor and academic classroom space on its second and third. 

With the transferal of offices to the new building, the school will be able to expand its library that is now next to the current office space. 

The 16 phases of campus renovation are a part of the school’s Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making campaign. 

It is hoped that 10 major projects will be completed in 10 years to accommodate an enrollment of 2,020 students. 

A CBC announcement released this week stated that the proposed academic building "is intended to be the signature building for the campus," and "will serve as the standard for future development."

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