HPU Breaks Ground on the Caine Conservatory

Sep 18th, 2018

HPU Breaks Ground on the Caine Conservatory

Construction on HPU’s Caine Conservatory has now begun. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Carole Stoneking, dean of the David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences; HPU Provost Dr. Dennis Carroll; Don Caine and Teresa Caine, owners of Greensboro-based Camco Manufacturing and supporters of the facility; HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein; HPU President Nido Qubein; Michaela Connors, HPU biology major; and Dr. Angela Bauer, professor and chair of the Department of Biology.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 18, 2018 – High Point University broke ground on the 15,000-square-foot Caine Conservatory today during a special ceremony with community members.

The facility is named after a long-time Triad family, Don and Teresa Caine, who generously gave a major gift in support of the new conservatory.

“The Caine Conservatory is an academic building for the next level of excellence,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. “Don and Teresa have been blessed, and therefore HPU has been blessed. We appreciate those who are truly a part of the HPU community.”

Don and Teresa are owners of Greensboro-based Camco Manufacturing. Don graduated from HPU in 1965. A year later, he and Teresa began Camco Manufacturing with one product. Today, Camco has more than 1,300 employees, 4,500 products and multiple manufacturing facilities in the United States and around the world. Camco has also been named to the North Carolina Top 100 by Business North Carolina for six consecutive years. In addition to the Caines’ generous gift, they previously established an endowed scholarship to support students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

“We had previously started a scholarship at HPU because we wanted children to be able to go to college,” said Teresa Caine. “Supporting the conservatory is something that we wanted to do for the community.”

The conservatory will be located next to the Wanek School of Undergraduate Sciences. It will provide a space for students and faculty to conduct botanical research and propagate plants for the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Gardens.

“This is really, truly special for me,” said Mariana Qubein, HPU’s First Lady, who spearheaded the campus arboretum and gardens. “It’s a day that we have dreamed about, and with faithful courage, dreams do come true. God has a way of blessing this university with wonderful people who are generous and thoughtful.”

This is an architectural rendering of what HPU’s Caine Conservatory will look like. It is expected to be completed in fall 2019.

A classroom, working greenhouse, new eatery and planting display space for the community at large will be housed in the facility under an 8,000-square-foot glass roof. This will provide a larger area for students to conduct research.

“Imagine the impact the conservatory will have on biology majors who will learn an incredible biodiversity that exists in the natural world as they study exhibits of tropical plant species within the conservatory,” said Dr. Angela Bauer, professor and chair of the Department of Biology. “The opportunities the conservatory will provide to achieve our academic mission and for our students to acquire the new set of life skills are indeed profound. We are so grateful for the Caine family.”

Michaela Connors, an HPU biology major, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony and expressed the benefits she and fellow students will have in the new conservatory.

“In addition to adding more wonderful plants to the university’s campus, the new conservatory building will also change the scale of botanical research here at HPU,” said Connors. “Just with the increase size in the greenhouse, it will allow for more research to be conducted in a more accurate manner. More students will be allowed to work on more botanical projects and will be able to apply the material they’re learning in class in a hands-on way.”

Also at the ceremony were Barry and Marla Lazarus, whose daughter, Brooke, just graduated in May 2018 and was a member of the women’s soccer team. The Lazaruses have generously made a six-figure gift to the project.  

Construction will begin as soon as possible and is expected to be completed in fall 2019.