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THE WALLS CAME A-TUMBLIN' DOWN

The Tibstra Annex was spared the wrecking ball, but it could not dodge the battering ram that brought the end to its storied existence at Trinity. A demolition crew from Wigboldy Construction dismantled the old faculty apartment building Thursday morning, February 13, in preparation for the next construction project on campus, Alumni Hall. 

Nearly 100 people packed into a heated tent just outside the Annex for a two-part ceremony that commemorated the past and celebrated the future. Alumni Director Dennis Harms '89 presided over the event in which alumni and professors were invited to speak about their days as residents in the building.

"I've always dreamed of delivering a grand speech that brings the house down," former Dean of Students Dr. David Larsen '67 quipped. "There were times for students to argue over war and the draft, for roommates to fight and make up, and for faucets to leak, ceilings to drip, and refrigerators to die. Even in that humble little building, God was at work, and His presence will be in Alumni Hall." Larsen serves as director for advancement and community relations at Timothy Christian Schools in Elmhurst, Illinois. (Click for text)

Following remarks by Annex roommates Craig Gallman '90 and Jim Belstra '91, and history professor Dr. Robert Rice, the crowd stepped into the 30-degree chill and watched a steel rod rip through the two-story structure. Onlookers cheered as bricks and glass crashed to the ground.

"We had the best of both worlds living here," Belstra recalled. "We enjoyed that sense of community from being on campus, but we were also in a world to ourselves."

After lunch in the Fireside Chapel, the audience returned to the tent for the groundbreaking ceremony. Speakers included current dean of students Ginny Carpenter, trustee Mary VanDahm '64, Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz, freshman Kutu Morris '06, and Dan Barney, a representative of Alumni Hall's design company, Dimensions, Inc.

"For new students, living on campus and being part of Trinity's community of faith are especially important in developing significant relationships with peers and professors." Carpenter said. "Their living environment is as valuable as the academic experience."

"Alumni Hall will link current students with Trinity's past," Morris added. "It will remind us of Trinity's history and give us a greater sense of the heritage and traditions that are part of Trinity's legacy for future generations of alumni."

The ceremony concluded with a traditional groundbreaking. Pete Hamstra, vice president for advancement and admissions, Rick Van Dyken, director of development, and Student Association President Ryan Wynia '04 joined the five speakers in digging the first holes for the new building. Guests took home a souvenir brick in honor of the occasion. 

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Down It Comes


Watch as the bulldozer begins to
demolish the faculty apartments.

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Joining In the Fun


Students join the wrecking crew
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A Piece of History


Students rush in to take a brick
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