After 18 years of planning and fundraising, Columbia College administrators officially opened their new science center today.
Thousands of people gathered on the Columbia College campus for a building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The schoolâ??s Board of Trustees named the center after former College President Gerald Brouder and his wife Bonnie.
The building features a lecture hall, classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices.
School officials said the biggest benefit of the science center is the expansion of lab space.
President Emeritus Dr. Gerald Brouder said, â??I donâ??t think that Iâ??ve ever felt this experience before. Itâ??s just more or less an overwhelming tribute. It makes us love the institution further and all of the good people in this community.â??
Brouder hopes the new science center boosts enrollment at Columbia College.