Thanks to the resounding success of Extending the Reach: A Campaign For Björklunden, a 20,000-square-foot addition to the Björklunden lodge on Lawrence's northern campus was completed in the summer of 2007 and officially dedicated on August 4. Through the generosity of the many friends of the college and Bjorklunden, more than $4 million was raised during the two-year campaign to support the expansion.
The completed addition more than doubled the size of the existing two-story seminar and conference center to 37,000 square feet, adding a second seminar room, a computer room, a mudroom, an observation deck for a telescope, and 10 new bedrooms.
The enhanced facility enabled the college to increase the number and variety of its annual adult summer seminars, accommodate more seminar participants, and give 40 more students access to the Björklunden experience each weekend during the academic year.
In the fall of 2011, a 120-foot tall, 50-kilowatt wind turbine was assembled and erected on the Björklunden estate. Lawrence alum Steve Schnorr '10 conducted an independent study project that ultimately led to the installation of the wind turbine that started operating in 2011. Read about the wind turbine's impact on our sustainability efforts here.
Since being donated to Lawrence in 1963 by Donald and Winifred Boynton, Björklunden has served as a year-round place of respite, intellectual curiosity, and growth for the Lawrence Community.
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