Grace College & Seminary Breaks Ground on Lancer Lofts

A groundbreaking ceremony for Grace’s newest building was held Thursday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m., launching the project for an 80-bed townhouse-style dorm to be completed in time for students to move in August 2014. The dorm will be a three-story brownstone building with brick façade located on the corner of Kings Highway and Seventh Street. It will feature front and back porches, and an outdoor community space.

Grace president Bill Katip was present for the ceremony, along with Dr. James Custer, chairman of the board, Dr. Jim Swanson, vice president for academic and student services, Aaron Crabtree, dean of students, Bruce Shaffner, Winona Lake town council president, Grace student body president Jackie Seal, Janelle Ditmer, future resident director, Kevin Scully, partner at Design Collaborative, and Drew Mitchell and Larry Mudd, both vice presidents of development for Holladay Properties.

The new dorm (named Lancer Lofts) is a project of Design Collaborative, the architect firm that designed the Lodge (last year’s dorm project) and the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, and is developed by Holladay Properties, a South Bend, Indiana–based commercial real estate firm.  Pictures showing the new dorm’s location, floor plans, renderings and a construction schedule can be found at under the news section.  Questions can be directed to the office of Tom Dunn, vice president of strategic initiatives and planning, at 574-372-5100 ext. 6510.

“It was exciting to officially commence the building phase of this project with the groundbreaking celebration,” said Aaron Crabtree, dean of students at Grace. “Lancer Lofts will be a great addition to the housing options we have already on campus – a healthy space specifically designed for upperclassmen students to fully live and learn in a transitional, community-minded residence hall.”


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