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University President Dr. Paul Conn said the first event in the chapel will be a short preview this evening for the board. The 40-minute service will feature the Lee Singers, scripture readings, prayer and brief remarks by Conn.
“Obviously, we are proud of this building, and we think it is unique among all the two dozen building projects we have completed here at Lee over the past 25 years,” he said. “We’ll be having many different events in November and December to introduce it to the community.”
The schedule of events continue Friday and Saturday as the building is open for alumni to walk through during homecoming weekend. The official ribbon-cutting and prayer of dedication will be Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
Dedication services for Lee faculty and staff will be held Nov. 11, followed by an open house for the entire Cleveland/Bradley County community on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m.
The building at 1020 North Ocoee St., is a small, neo-Gothic structure with seating for approximately 200 people. In addition to the traditional steeple, which stands 42 feet tall and weighs 8,600 pounds, the chapel has a vaulted ceiling and a full basement.
Tri-Con Inc., began construction on the chapel in September 2010. The $2.25 million structure is an architectural departure from the familiar Greek Revival style of most structures built on the Lee campus in the past 20 years.
“Nothing we have done has ever elicited as much general public comment as this chapel,” Conn said. “It’s going to be exciting to open it to the public.”