Friends University celebrates completion of $2 million mechanical engineering and visual arts labs

Friends University is excited to celebrate the completion of a $2 million addition to the William Penn Science Building which houses two mechanical engineering labs and a visual arts lab. A ribbon cutting event to celebrate the new spaces will take place on Friday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the William Penn Science Building. The event will also be livestreamed on the Friends University Facebook page.   

The project broke ground in February of this year with mechanical engineering labs that provide state-of-the-art facilities for students to conduct relevant, real-world experiments along with a new art lab space that visual art students can construct works of art. Designed by Shelden Architecture and built by Hutton Construction, the labs are a great addition to the Friends University campus.   

“The mechanical engineering and visual arts programs are exciting places to be at Friends University right now,” said Dr. Ken Stoltzfus, vice president of Academic Affairs. “It is an honor to be able to have this dedicated space to further enhance the educational experience for Friends University art and engineering students as they embark on a transformative education that will equip them to develop the gifts and talents God has given them and then to use those gifts and talents in service to the community and world.” 

The Friends University mechanical engineering program holds Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation. For additional information on mechanical engineering, visit For additional information on visual arts programming, 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.