New Academic Building to be Named Kirk Hall
May 01, 2015
The Saint Leo University Board of Trustees has announced that the academic building currently under construction will be named for President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., who is set to retire this summer.
Kirk Hall will provide 48,000 square feet of space, including 16 new classrooms and academic support services space, along with faculty offices. This will be the 11th new building at University Campus, in addition to three recent renovations, within the last 13 years.
“Dr. Kirk has led Saint Leo for more than 18 years, establishing our vision and student-centered mission. He is an inspiring teacher, as well as a remarkable leader, so it seemed fitting that we recognize him in a tangible, lasting way by naming the new academic building in his honor,” said Cindy Brannen ’92, chair of the Board of Trustees. “During his presidency, Dr. Kirk transformed Saint Leo, and this building is part of his legacy.”
Kirk Hall will be completed this summer, in time for the Fall 2015 semester, and is located prominently at the main entrance of University Campus. The structure will complement the Spanish Mission style of the neighboring academic building that houses the Donald R. Tapia School of Business and will incorporate energy-friendly and eco-friendly design features, as well as distinct landscaping. It will be the home for classes in liberal arts, education, criminal justice, and social work, including graduate-level classes for continuing professional education. The architect for the project is Gould Evans of Tampa, FL, and the general contractor is Creative Contractors of Clearwater, FL.