Welcome to “Construction Corner,” where we will update our MPCS family periodically on the exciting progress of the Murray Innovation Center project. MPCS has contracted with TVS Architects, UDS Development Services, and Hodges & Hicks General Contractors to complete the project. During the next several months, we will learn about the construction process and celebrate the milestones reached along the way as we anticipate opening the building second semester next year. 

Since the Breaking-Ground Ceremony, there has been much activity at the site:

  • Permits were approved by the city of Marietta and construction started on February 22.
  • Stabilization of the site began to prevent erosion and control rainfall discharge – a typical first step for all construction projects.
  • We have done everything possible to protect the lake (and our "big fish") from silt runoff from the project site.
  • Despite rain, they have pressed on and made great progress importing structural fill to create the pad for the new building. 
  • To date, crews have moved 1,100 dump truck loads of dirt. That’s enough to fill over three Olympic swimming pools!

In the coming weeks:

  • Crews will relocate the utilities (the underground electrical lines feeding the campus irrigation pump and aeration systems for the lake) in order to dig the foundations for the bridge that will connect the Murray Innovation Center with Dozier Hall.
  • Crews will be preparing and reinforcing steel for concrete foundations projected to start next week. 
  • They will begin to install underground plumbing and electrical conduits.

You may not notice big changes yet, but know that a lot is happening underground to make way for our beautiful new facility. Please join us in praying for God’s blessings and protection over the details of this exciting project!


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MIC Construction Time-Lapse (through mid-March 2021)


On Friday, February 5, MPCS celebrated the culmination of a years-long capital campaign with a “virtual” groundbreaking ceremony for the new Murray Innovation Center. The building, named after a generous lead gift from the Stuart and Eulene Murray Foundation, is a much-needed 23,000-plus square foot expansion of the current Dozier Hall high school, originally built to house just 250 students. With its booming enrollment, MPCS is thrilled to offer innovative new learning spaces for its 450 high school students.

MPCS families and staff were invited to watch the festivities safely via a live-stream. After a welcome from Head of School Dr. Tim Wiens and Chair of the Board of Trustees Mr. George Ethridge, Capital Campaign Co-Chair Mr. David Bottoms thanked the 276 donors who contributed $12.4 million to pay for the new building in full, including a $1 million building endowment fund.

Head of High School and Assistant Head of School Mrs. Rusk then shared specific features of the new building. The Murray Innovation Center will include additional classroom and lab space, as well as a collegiate-style technology-enhanced classroom, a maker space, a fabrication lab, a state-of-the-art digital lab, and a permanent home for the State-championship-winning Eagle Robotics teams.

Middle school students paraded onto the building site, lining to form the marked perimeter footprint of the Murray Innovation Center building as a visual representation of the innovative space to come. The event was officially commemorated with a countdown as Shelton, the Eagle mascot, released confetti cannons to the enthusiastic applause of those in attendance.

MPCS looks forward to welcoming students into the Murray Innovation Center during the second semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. 


Watch the MIC Breaking-Ground Ceremony 2/11/21
MIC front elevation render

Why Build an
Innovation Center? 

The Murray Innovation Center — a 23,000+ square foot expansion of the Mount Paran Christian School high school building — will offer innovative instructional spaces for enhanced programming and instruction for an enriched high school educational experience. The expansion will almost double the size of the high school originally built for 250 students and which now houses close to 450.

The final design offers improved layouts for student experiences in every STEAM discipline. The "MIC" will provide needed space and technology for innovative eductation designed to equip students with the skills that will be in-demand for their future careers. The facility includes a dedicated robotics field,  new science labs, technology-rich collaborative areas, digital lab, makerspace, fabrication lab, Roost cafe for the entrepreneurship classes, and a lake-facing quad with picturesque spots for outdoor teaching and community events.

We eagerly look forward to the Murray Innovation Center's completion projected for January 2021.


May God bless every single soul who works on this project and who enters into this building.
It's really going to be something special
for years to come.

— Mrs. Tawanna Rusk, High School Head

MIC back elevation from lake