Friends University announces major facility improvement project

Friends University has announced a major facility improvement project to the Garvey Athletic Center projected to begin in May 2021. This project is the first phase of the RISE Up Capital Campaign, which will include other updates and renovations across campus.  

Despite the challenges in the last year due to Covid-19, Friends University has seen tremendous growth, including an increase in fall enrollment, new degree programs, new athletic programs and cumulative giving of $21 million from alumni and friends including $2 million of the $2.3 million needed for the Garvey Athletic Center project.  

“It is an incredible honor for Friends University to proceed with this renovation and invest in the future of the university and our student-athletes,” said Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, president of Friends University. “We are humbled by the many blessings we have received, especially with the uncertainties of the last year. This is a symbol that our community can stand together on a firm foundation of faith and thrive in the future.”  

McCownGordon Construction, a local leader in the construction industry with offices in Kansas City, Mo., has been selected as the contractor to complete the Garvey Center renovations. “We are excited to partner with Friends University as they enhance their student-athlete experience and expand their Athletics Department,” said Mitch Binns, market leader for McCownGordon Construction. “As the construction manager, along with Shelden Architecture, we are committed to the success of this project.”  

 The RISE Up Capital Campaign will continue after the Garvey Athletic Center project and the next phase will include renovations to the Riney Fine Arts facility.   

For additional information and updates on the RISE Up Capital Campaign, visit

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.