Demolition of Garey Hall set to begin October 15

     Southern Nazarene University (SNU) announces that the demolition of Garey Hall, the long-time women’s dormitory residence at NW 39th Expressway and Peniel Street, is set to begin Thursday, October 15, 2009. 

“The interior of the building is being recycled now.  The exterior demolition will begin on Thursday and will take several days,” said Donna Nance, CPA, Vice President for Financial Affairs. 

A commitment to recycling is an important part of the demolition.  "In line with SNU's strong commitment to both creation care and the sustainable design and construction of the new residence hall, between 85-95% of all material(s) from the existing Garey Hall will be re-utilized and recycled,” reported Dr. Scott Strawn, Vice President for Student Development.  The general contractor has confirmed this expectation for recycling. 

Garey Hall served the SNU campus well for many years since the time of it’s opening in the early 1960’s.  Across the years, it became a center of warm college memories to many female alumni.  

Recognizing that many alumni and friends will want the opportunity to celebrate the building, The Office of Student Development is planning a "Garey Hall Going Away Party".  The public is invited to the party on Monday October 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot between Garey and Hatley Halls.  It will be a time of reminiscing and celebration. 

Garey Hall demolition became necessary to make room for a new living-learning dorm facility announced earlier.  Groundbreaking for the new facility will occur as part of the Fall Board of Trustees and Homecoming schedule at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2009.  The new student housing facility should be ready for occupancy in early 2011. 

“Making room for the wonderful new living facility for SNU students is a small price to pay for big progress” said Dr. Terry N. Toler, Vice President for University Advancement & Church Relations. 

For more information about the demolition of Garey Hall, contact John F. Martin, Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, Associate Vice President for University Advancement Southern Nazarene University Bethany, Oklahoma 73008 or call 405-491-6617.

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