Bryan breaks ground for new residence hall
November 30, 2005

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With hundreds of students, faculty, staff and friends standing around an outline of the building, Bryan College broke ground Nov. 30 for a new residence hall.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said the occasion illustrated a recurring theme from the college’s 75th anniversary celebration during the past year, God’s faithfulness. That theme was evident as several speakers offered their congratulations on this milestone.

Trustee Betty Ruth Seera said the project is evidence that “God’s hand of blessing has brought us to this place. This building speaks to the future and what God will do.”

State Rep. Bo Watson pointed out that construction “signifies the growth of Bryan College, but it also demonstrates the importance of higher education in Rhea County and our great State of Tennessee.” He also praised college officials for selecting a Dayton contractor, Dillard Construction, Inc., to build the building.

Bethany Perseghetti, a student resident assistant, said the building reminds students of “community. People…that’s what it’s all about.”

Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent said a building like this “happens only one way, through hard work and the blessings of God.”

Rhea County Commission Chairman Harold Fisher offered his “sincere thank-you for what you have done, for the impact Bryan College has had on the people of Rhea County. The community appreciates your Christian stand and the influence you have on us.”

Dr. Livesay said Paul’s statement to Timothy in II Timothy 2:19 that “the solid foundation stands” should be an encouragement because God is faithful. Lives built on that foundation will endure the storms of life, and be “fit for service in the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Construction of the 120-bed residence hall is scheduled to begin in December after students leave for their Christmas break. Steve Dillard, owner of Dillard Construction, said he expects to begin installation of the prefabricated wall, floor and roof sections in mid-February, a process he expects to take 15 to 20 days. Once the building is “in the dry,” work can continue around the clock if necessary to meet the target of having the building ready for occupancy when students return in August for the 2006-07 academic year.

The prefabricated portion of the building is being supplied by Metromont Corp., from its LaVergne, Tenn., plant, according to George Spence, regional manager.

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