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Asbury College President Sandra Gray, Steve Sherman from Sherman Carter Barnhart and contractor Doug Wilburn from D.W. Wilburn, Inc.WILMORE, KY-Asbury College and President Sandra Gray are pleased to announce that D. W. Wilburn, Inc., of Lexington, Ky., has been awarded the construction contract for the Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts. The total project is expected to cost $12.1 million for construction, equipment, furnishings and fees.

Asbury College expects D. W. Wilburn, Inc., to begin work on the new facility this month with completion in December of 2010. The School of Communication Arts anticipates occupying the facility in time for the spring 2011 semester. Asbury College previously worked with D. W. Wilburn for the replacement of exterior brick and windows on the Hamann-Ray Science Center in 2005.

“We are pleased to be working with D. W. Wilburn, Inc., again,” said Dr. Sandra Gray, president of Asbury College. “The Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts is a much-needed and highly-anticipated project for Asbury College and we are confident in the craftsmanship and professionalism that D. W. Wilburn will provide. This is a crucial time in the history of Asbury College as we have experienced and anticipate continued growth in our School of Communication Arts, and within the institution as a whole.”

The College broke ground for the 52,220 square-foot center in June during Reunion weekend. This center addresses the program’s needs for additional lab, classroom, training, production, performance and office space. It will feature a 6,050 square-foot television studio and a 5,122 square-foot “black box” theatre. To reduce operating costs and promote energy efficiency, the building is designed with a geo-thermal heating and cooling system. The Center will be named for Asbury College alumnus and former Board of Trustees member Andrew S. Miller, Retired Commissioner of The Salvation Army. He is remembered for his life-long example of servanthood and leadership.

Members of the College's administrative cabinet, architect Steve Sherman and Dean Jim Owens observed the signing of the construction contract.The School of Communication Arts at Asbury College is one the institution’s largest programs on campus and continues to be one of its fastest growing. More than 300 students are enrolled with majors in communications, media communication, journalism or theatre and cinema performance. Students and alumni from these programs are frequently recognized nationally for their outstanding accomplishments. The program continues its long-running relationship with Olympic Broadcasting by sending students, staff and faculty to work in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Randy Richardson, director of capital construction and planning for the college, will oversee the project on a daily basis.

The College also launched the Building Windows of Opportunity campaign to raise the funding necessary to cover the costs of construction, outfitting and maintaining the facility.