The groundbreaking ceremony of the Ewha Samsung Campus Center (ESCC) was held on May 16 in the Ewha Stadium with President Shin In-ryung, Ewha Haktang President Yoon Hoo-jung, French architect Dominique Perrault, Director General of Leeum Hong Ra-hee, and about 300 guests participating.
President Shin said in her opening speech, "To create a distinguished campus, Ewha decided to build an underground campus center. The ESCC will be a unique place where education and culture are combined."
The designer of the ESCC, Perrault, said, "The ESCC is not an ordinary project. It will create a brand new scenic area at Ewha, one which connects nature and architecture. This area will also work as the hub of Ewha, making it accessible to every building on campus."
The ceremony ended with 22 people including President Shin In-ryung, Perrault, and Student Government Association President Kim Se-hee taking a shovelful out of the earth of the Ewha Stadium to celebrate the start of the construction of the ESCC.
The underground campus center, formerly the Ewha Campus Center, became Ewha Samsung Campus Center due to Samsung's sponsorship. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.
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