Borland-Manske Center Forward in Faith


Commemorating the vision of our founding President, Rev. Dr. Charles Manske and the philanthropic generosity of Mike and Caryn ’85 Borland, Concordia University Irvine is pleased to announce the renaming of the Music, Worship & Theology Building to the Borland-Manske Center.

Investing in the Heart of our Campus

Together, let’s build facilities that inspire learning

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Borland-Manske Center

To maintain the high level of academic excellence that's expected from Concordia University Irvine, we must adapt our campus, improving it to meet the changing needs of today's educational environment.

In 2016, we celebrated 40 years of academic service. Today, we look with optimism toward our future. With a goal of $30 million, the Campaign for the Borland-Manske Center to affirm what has been central to our campus, and build the foundation for a bright future. Bringing Theology and Music to the heart of campus, the Borland-Manske Center underscores the important historical intersection of these two disciplines.

Culminating three years of planning, Concordia University Irvine's campus improvements will continue to build upon a master plan that is architecturally beautiful and educationally effective. From these classrooms, practice rooms, and halls, we will continue to send out graduates equipped for learning, service, and leadership.

Funding Progress


Help us reach $29M! An anonymous donor has pledged a capstone gift of $1M when fundraising hits $29M.



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Total goal

What the $30M will fund:

Borland-Manske Center

Music, worship and theology intersect in the hearts of people, and now they will intersect in the heart of Concordia University Irvine’s campus. The two wings of the 38,500 sq ft Borland-Manske Center bring together the musical tradition and theological foundation of the Lutheran faith in a space that will serve the campus community and the Church worldwide spiritually, musically, and practically for decades to come.

I accord music the highest place next to theology.

- Martin Luther

Project Highlights

Practice & Performance Rooms

Practice & Performance Rooms

The acoustical design of the music practice and performance rooms is being created by the WSDG Walters-Storyk Design Group, the firm that did the acoustics and audio system design for well-known clients like the Rio Olympics, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), as well as The Church (UK), the famed recording studio where Adele recorded her latest album, and many other concert halls and music venues around the world.

Arts Court

Alumni Plaza

The 38,500 square-foot Borland-Manske Center will have two wings with a connecting breezeway. The Center will be nestled between the Library Arts Building and the Baseball Field. In so doing, a new space is also being created between Library Arts and the Borland-Manske Center to honor the individual and collective contributions of Concordia's alumni. The Alumni Plaza will become a new hub of campus life and an exterior gathering location for students, staff, faculty, and alumni alike.

Together, let’s build facilities that inspire learning

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We are placing music, worship and theology at the heart of campus to create a place for study, creativity, reflection, adoration and passionate seeking with both head and heart.

- Rev. Dr. Steve Mueller '86, Dean of Christ College

This is more than a building project; it is a statement of who we are.

- Steve Young, Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Worship Arts Leadership Institute

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