A $1 million pledge by The Sunderland Foundation to the $18.5 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the building that houses the Kelce College of Business has given the project momentum.

The Sunderland Foundation, started in 1945 by the president of the Ash Grove Cement Company in Overland Park, Kansas, has a long history of giving in higher education, health care and hospitals, human services, and arts and culture. The Foundation previously gave $50,000 to the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

The campaign was kickstarted in 2015 with a $3 million pledge from PSU business alumni John and Susan Lowe.

Vice President for University Advancement Kathleen Flannery, president and CEO of the PSU Foundation, said the donation is a major milestone and hopes the university can break ground in 2020, provided all gifts and pledges are in hand.

KCOB Dean Paul Grimes said the project is vital to providing students with business education in a professional environment using state-of-the-art technology and teaching pedagogy, and will impact many generations of future Gorillas.

Originally a laboratory high school, the KCOB building is now one of the most heavily utilized buildings on campus, with more than 1,000 business students enrolled each semester.

Renovations will include more spacious and flexible classrooms to accommodate modern teaching pedagogies, seminar rooms for advanced undergraduate and MBA courses, team rooms for collaboration and group projects, and offices for graduate assistants, student organization leaders, and visiting executives.