B-CU starts renovation of Harrison Rhodes building

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

From left to right are B-CU Trustees Johnny McCray; A. Ray Brinson, president of the National Alumni Association; Madeline Scales-Taylor; the Rev. John Harrington, B-CU board chairman; B-CU President Edison Jackson; Albert Bethune; State Rep. Dwayne Taylor; Daytona Beach City Commissioner Paula Reed; Architects Chelsea Shell, Bob Rabits and John Roche; and B-CU Provost Dr. Makola Abdullah.(PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN REEVES/B-CU)

From left to right are B-CU Trustees Johnny McCray; A. Ray Brinson, president of the National Alumni Association; Madeline Scales-Taylor; the Rev. John Harrington, B-CU board chairman; B-CU President Edison Jackson; Albert Bethune; State Rep. Dwayne Taylor; Daytona Beach City Commissioner Paula Reed; Architects Chelsea Shell, Bob Rabits and John Roche; and B-CU Provost Dr. Makola Abdullah.
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOHN REEVES/B-CU)

Bethune-Cookman University continues its mission of meeting the needs of 21st- century students with the renovation and new construction of the Harrison Rhodes Memorial Building. The groundbreaking for the project took place Aug. 23 on the front lawn of the facility.

Harrison Rhodes was built in 1941 as Bethune-Cookman’s first library. The building was named after Harrison Garfield Rhodes, a noted playwright and author of travel books who was a trustee of Bethune-Cookman and a staunch advocate of the school.

Bethune-Cookman Chairman John Harrington brings greeting on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

Bethune-Cookman Chairman John Harrington brings greeting on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

Years later, the Harrison Rhodes building housed the School of Social Sciences, and most recently, the School of Liberal Arts.

Plans include demolition of the back of the building and the construction of three new stories. The end result will be a four-story building with a conference room, 18 classrooms and 33 offices, two research areas and three computer labs.

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