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University of Saint Francis holds beam signing amid construction

The projects were first launched in July of 2017 and are in the final phase of framing. The university holds this tradition to make sure everyone feels like a part of the construction.

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 4:56 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2018 5:47 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The University of Saint Francis held a beam signing Wednesday for the two latest additions going up on campus.

The two beams will be placed in the new chapel and the new Achatz Hall of Science. The projects were first launched in July of 2017 and are in the final phase of framing. The university holds this tradition to make sure everyone feels like a part of the construction.

Sister Elise Kriss, USF president, said it's a proud moment on campus and she hopes the chapel will strengthen the faith and education of students.

"It'll seat 250. It's in the middle of our academic side of our campus, too, so it kind of brings together what we talk about in Catholic higher education as faith and reason," Kriss said.

The new chapel is expected to be completed in October of this year. The Achatz new addition will open in the Fall, but renovations will continue in the original building.

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