BOISE - For the first time, Boise State fans, friends, and alumni will get the chance to take a tour of the university's new Friends and Alumni Center. Crews were putting the finishing touches on the new facility Monday, just in time for this weekend's homecoming.
KTVB got a first look at the facility Monday afternoon from the Executive Director of Gift Planning Jennifer Neil.
One of the first things you're going to notice at the new facility is right outside in the courtyard -- The Boise State Seal.
"It's the first time this seal has ever been created anywhere other than on the diploma," Neil said.
Once inside, the center pays homage to its donors who helped make the center happen. The university does this by displaying a piece of artwork showing the Friendship Bridge. Neil says all the artwork in the building has some type of Boise State tie.
"There's a lot of artwork in the building from former art faculty members from the 70s and 80s," Neil said.
The first floor of the facility will house the donor wall, the large ballroom where the university can hold events, and the living room. A place where alumni can meet and greet.
"You know the old baseball saying, build it and they will come. We want people to come. We want visitors to come and see what this is about," Neil said.
The second floor includes a large conference room, a student call center, and a tribute to the university's first Director of Alumni Dyke Nally. It will also be where the university's alumni relations offices are located.
The third floor is where visitors can find the fundraising team. A group in charge of donor relations, planned giving, and annual giving.
Finally, the fourth floor is where the foundation department will be located. They're in charge of the fundraising money. The offices for marketing and communications will also be on the fourth floor.
In all, it's a 44,000 square foot facility the Vice President for University Advancement Laura Simic says they want everyone to see.
"It's a symbol of the value that the university places on its alumni and donors. We know that it's a partnership, that we couldn't do what we do without the support of our alumni, our community, and all of our donors," Simic said.
The old alumni relations office was once an ophthalmologist's office, which was about 1,200 square feet.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the new center on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
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