Aug. 30, 2015
Today, Biola University opens the doors to its most innovative building yet — the new Talbot School of Theology East building. Complete with a rooftop garden, solar-powered classrooms and a sunken outdoor plaza, the state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building sits as one of the largest on campus. On Friday, Oct. 14, Biola dedicated the building with an official ceremony followed by tours of the new facility.
During the dedication, Biola president Barry H. Corey announced that the $18.2 million building has been fully funded, with much of the funding being donated during the past 18 months.
“This is a tremendous milestone in the history of Biola University, especially in light of the fact that God provided the funds for this building in the midst of the economic uncertainty our nation has experienced over the last four years,” said Corey.
With 30,617 square feet of space, 34 offices, eight classrooms, two conference rooms, one prayer room, and one large multipurpose room, the four-story building will be home to Biola’s Talbot School of Theology as well as open classroom and conference room space for other departments on campus.
Harnessing the Southern California sun, photovoltaic panels on a major stair panel will generate electricity to help power the building. A rooftop garden on the north side of the building will also help cool the buildings and collect rainwater for irrigation — and provide a place for the students to relax.
Areas such as a prayer chapel that incorporates stone and wood from Biola’s 125-year-old olive trees and a sunken outdoor plaza with a cascading waterfall and still pool will add areas for student reflection as well as a retreat from busy college life. The chapel itself was built in a way to look neither like a medieval chapel, nor like a Baptist mountain camp chapel, but is more trans-cultural and trans-millenial. In addition, the pathway leading to the plaza level is lined with Jerusalem stone from a quarry outside the ancient city of Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac are buried.
Inside the building, ceramic fritting on windows will reflect “Scripture Shadows” on the floor and walls when lights hits at the right angle.
Beyond its distinctive features, the building will help accommodate Talbot’s nine graduate degree programs, and the growing student body at Talbot and Biola. Recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as an “up and coming” national university, Biola reached its largest enrollment to date this fall, with 6,250 students across its undergraduate and graduate programs.
During the morning dedication service, several dignitaries and Talbot alumni were on hand to celebrate the building.
Frank Pastore, a Talbot alumnus ('94) and current radio talk show host on KKLA, spoke of the Biblical scholarship that Talbot holds.
"Talbot is the backbone of Biola University in more ways than one," said Pastore. "Talbot puts the B in Biola, providing the anchor, which grounds the university in the unchanging word and keeps the university from being blown adrift by social and cultural trends."
With more than 1,200 current students, Talbot will continue to provide evangelical scholarship with intentional character development to prepare students for a lifetime of relevant, effective ministry.
The $18.2 million facility, known for now as “Talbot East,” is the first stage of the new campus. The entire project has been in planning stages for several years, but construction had been waiting on funding. After a 40-day period of prayer and fasting that began in March 2010 asking God to provide sufficient funds to break ground, a series of gifts poured in to the university. Totaling more than $6.4 million, those gifts, which became known as “The Miracle of May,” made it possible to break ground at the beginning of last summer.
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