One of our most important projects -- Oklahoma Christian's Science Facility Initiative - has seen great progress and we want to update you. As you might recall, this project involved the total renovation of our existing science facilities (Herold and Vose Science Halls) and the addition of a brand new 13,000+ square foot wing. We are thrilled to report that phases 1 and 2 of this three phase endeavor are now completed. Herold Science Hall has been improved top to bottom. Last year, we completed the renovation of Vose Hall -- garnering rave reviews from science students and faculty alike.
Phase 3 -- the new construction on the northside of Herold Science Hall and home to the Kim Gaither Center for Biology - began in September 2009. New classrooms, faculty offices and other common areas will comprise this new building. Construction costs for this facility which is desperately needed to handle our growing science programs are estimated to be $3.9 million. We anticipate completing the new wing by August of 2010, making it available for our students and faculty next school year.
Thanks to our generous donors, a total of $7.8 million will have been invested for our students in this Science Facility Initiative. Significantly, of this total investment, $900,000 has been set aside in a maintenance endowment solely dedicated to the science facilities. Thank you to those who have made our our dream to have first rate science facilities available to our students become a reality.