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May 22, 2012

Lake Erie College Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Courtyard Project

(Painesville, Ohio) – Lake Erie College held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 22 for the "Anna and Ed Dunlap Family Courtyard.” The courtyard will be the final piece of the landscaping projects included in the renovation of Austin Hall of Science.

The courtyard project will create a grand entrance to the main campus that will welcome potential students as well as the community. At the new entrance, the entry gates will bear the name "Lake Erie College” and be curved to make them visible from every angle. Each side of the entrance will contain impressive brick walls which will complement the overall appearance of the campus. The brick walls will be approximately 10 feet high and topped by three-foot concrete pineapples (the international sign of "Welcome”).

A brick walkway will guide individuals to the Dana and Sharon Dennis Fountain and new courtyard area. The main courtyard will incorporate a large span of green space and many plantings indigenous to this area. Completion of the project will add order and safety to traffic flow (vehicular as well as pedestrian).

"When I first came to Lake Erie College in 2006, I had a multitude of visions for this beautiful campus. Knowing that the decision to enroll at a particular college or university is based on the first impressions of the parents and students, we decided to modify how the College is viewed as one drives past the main campus. We have identified our focal point and decided to expand our Mentor Avenue corridor, our new ‘front door.’ We’re grateful for the generosity of Edward B. Dunlap, who made the project possible,” said President Michael T. Victor.

Edward B. Dunlap is chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of CentiMark Corporation, the largest commercial roofing contractor in North America. Forty-four years ago, with $1,000 and one associate, Dunlap founded a business that grew through geographic expansion, diversification and an aggressive National Accounts Program. What came to be known as CentiMark Corporation in 1987, is now a $450 million commercial roofing contractor with headquarters at Southpointe in Canonsburg, Pa. and 3,000 employees in 70 offices throughout North America.

In addition to serving as chairman and CEO of CentiMark, Dunlap is the owner of 40 diverse businesses. These include commercial real estate developments in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, a polymers blending factory for flooring products, a travel agency and seven Pittsburgh-based restaurants. Dunlap’s Pittsburgh restaurant portfolio includes the five star award-winning LeMont on Mt. Washington, Pa., Pazzo Ristorante in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. and Pittsburgh Grille & Sports Bar in North Shore, Pa.

"Lake Erie College has exceeded their efforts of reenergizing itself and the entire city of Painesville. I have and will support it wholeheartedly in whatever way I can,” said Dunlap, who gave $300,000 for the courtyard project.

The groundbreaking project will begin the end of this month with anticipated completion Fall 2012. In addition to the courtyard project, Dunlap has also committed another $300,000 for a medical suite for the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant program.


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