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Washington Adventist University Dedicates Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center

Story and photo by Kevin Manuel
Published 1/18/12

Leroy and Lois Peters, for the music center is named, cut the ribbon following the blessing of the building. At right is Provost Susan Hornshaw. 

Washington Adventist University’s held its first opening convocation of 2012 January 11 in Sligo church. The convocation also served as an opportunity to bless the newly completed Leroy and Lois Peters Music Education Center. The building’s namesakes made a $1 million contribution toward the completion of the building, and they were on hand for a ribbon-cutting immediately following the service.

With the completion of the center, the Department of Music will enjoy amenities that were not afforded in their previous home. The center includes percussion, voice and instrument studios, all with included acoustic insulation.  The largest section of the building is the band/orchestra rehearsal hall, which takes up parts of the first and second floors. 

The architect behind the blueprint, Shaughn MacGilvray, stayed close to the university’s overall architecture, which is classical brick and concrete, during the design process.  He also aimed to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible. This resulted in a two-story construction, which is compact enough to be environmentally friendly, yet spacious enough to be more than functional.

The grand opening of the building will take place during Alumni Weekend, April 13-15.