Highlands College opens dorm funded by Hobby Lobby CEO

$20 million gift made the project possible

Highlands College can now house hundreds of its students on campus

Highlands College’s first on-campus student housing, funded by a $20 million gift from Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green and his family, has opened on the school’s campus in Birmingham.

The five-floor residence hall has capacity for 252 students in 126 rooms. Birmingham-based TurnerBatson Architects designed the building, and JohnsonKreis Construction completed construction in December.

“We believe that character is built in community,” said Mark Pettus, president of Highlands College. “This residence hall amplifies our ability to expand the learning environment beyond the classroom to develop mature, well-rounded young leaders.”

The new residence hall is the latest addition to the 70-acre Highlands College campus on U.S. 280. Founded in 2011, the private college offers a two-year degree in ministry leadership.

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