HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Hope College in Holland has announced it will name its new $35 million musical arts center in honor of local civic leader and alumnus Jack H. Miller.
The 64,000-square-foot center will include an 800-seat concert hall, a recital hall with about 125 seats, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and offices.
"I am excited and proud to make this gift to Hope College," Miller said in a news release. "The students of Hope deserve a new world class facility for music instruction and performance."
Miller, who lives in Grand Haven and Naples, Fla., is a 1954 Hope graduate. He led the Howard Miller Co. for 48 years until he retired in 2002. His father founded the company in 1926.
The Miller family's involvement with Hope spans more than 90 years.
"Both Hope and the Holland community have dreamed of an acoustically superior concert hall for many years, and our music students and faculty have long deserved better space for instruction, rehearsals and performance," President James E. Bultman said in the release. "We are grateful to the many donors whose support has made the center possible, and especially appreciate now the transforming legacy gift from Jack H. Miller that makes what was once a dream a reality."
The center will replace Nykerk Hall of Music, which was built in 1956 when Hope's enrollment was 1,100. Enrollment is now more than 3,300.
Groundbreaking is expected in October with completion in fall 2015.