Officials from Sheridan College announced Friday that they've received a $4 million gift, the largest gift from an individual in the history of the college, from Jacomien and Forrest E. Mars Jr., of Big Horn. The gift will be used to create the new Mars Agriculture Center, a 13,000 to 15,000 square foot facility that will be located on the south end of the main campus, adjacent and connected to the existing Science Center, which will also receive upgrades during the project.
In a media release from Sheridan College, President Dr. Paul Young said that the estimated total cost of the project is $8 million. The State Legislature allocated $2.7 million toward the project during the last legislative session. Young added that they are confident that the remaining $1.3 million will be raised by the end of the summer.
The next step for the project is to select an architect and construction manager, which the college hopes to have done in the next couple of months. Dr. Young stated that they would like to begin construction in mid-May of next year, and that they anticipate opening the doors for students at the new Mars Agriculture Center by the start of the 2016 fall semester.