Building buildings is a grandiose task that will negate the energy of an army of very good men and women. But, we need a new building. This is not an option. If we do not then we will severely limit our growth.
The one we have has been under repair for years. We repair that wall, fix that office, reconfigure the desks, spruce up the classrooms, upgrade the equipment, rearrange office space, et cetera. The major items like HVAC, plumbing, electrical, windows, roof leaks and the like leave us shaking our heads.
However, it is not the maintenance that keeps us wondering. Instead, it is the space. Enrollment has been steadily growing in our extension campus for successive years.
More students mean more faculty and staff. More personnel means more office space. Square footage has been as creatively sliced and diced as much as possible.
Parking is a big deal. We have 275 students and only 50 parking places. The neighboring streets are lined with cars and students have to walk to class in the dark.
A serious graduate school needs a research library. Our little library has tripled in size over the last three years and it has overflowed the room where the stacks cannot be spaced any closer together. We converted a classroom for an auxiliary library space.
It was time to move. Hours of meetings, real estate conferences, drawings and discussion ate up time and resources. Money was raised, donors smiled, prayers were lifted up and God blessed.
The new building was chosen, papers were signed, demolition began and architects designed the space. Soon the dust will clear and new walls, halls and spaces will be set up.
Parking will not be a problem in the foreseeable future. The library is the centerpiece of our new digs. Offices are grouped for growth. Class rooms are designed with intention rather than adapted to whatever is available.
Our Communications Office produced an artist’s conception of the new configuration. Everyone is excited about the future. It is just around the corner.
This summer we hope to move into the new location for DTS-Houston. Plans are shaping up for our move. Everyone is talking about the excitement.
Soon we can concentrate on seminary education at the highest level. The puzzle of what to do with what we have will be a historic dialogue. All of the energy that poured into short-term fixes will now accelerate outstanding seminary education at the highest level. Now, that is bodacious!
photo credit: DTS Communication Department