Washburn University holds ground breaking ceremony for new law building

Washburn University School of Law has finally broken ground on its new building. After almost 10 years of fundraising, a $34 million law building will be added to the southeast side of the Topeka-based university to serve the school’s students.

Washburn Law Dean Dr. Carla Pratt told local station WIBW that she's calling it the smart building "because it will have fully integrated technology that will allow us to do many things in the classroom that we’re not doing right now so I’m really excited about that."

Almost 12,000 alumni and community members donated to the cause, far exceeding the school’s expectations, according to local station WIBW.

“It took a while for the campaign to really get going and it really accelerated these last several years, we thought we might end up around $13 million and in the end over the past year and a half, a bunch more donations came in and we ended up at $14 and a half-million,” said Marshall Meek, president of the school’s alumni association, to WIBW.

The new building is expected to be finished in December of 2022 and will have capacity for 300 students.

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