$100,000,000 RAISED!

Forward in Faith - The Campaign for Concordia came to an historic close on December 31, 2020. The Concordia Family thanks you – and most importantly, the Lord – for the abundant blessings that have been shared with Concordia's students. Over 10,000 donors participated in the Campaign and propelled us well over the $85M campaign goal. To God be the Glory!

Borland-Manske Center Forward in Faith

$30M Goal - $29M Raised

Investing in the Heart of our Campus

Together, we built 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 continually adapt our campus, improving it to meet the changing needs of today's educational environment.

The Borland-Manske Center quickly became central to our campus, and built 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.

The music wing features state-of-the-art technology. The recording studio enabled Concordia to produce its made-for-TV Christmas special when COVID-19 suspended in-person concerts. From classrooms, practice rooms, and halls, we will continue to send out graduates equipped for learning, service, and leadership. The Christ College wing houses the academic school at the foundation of Concordia and expands general classroom space for our student body.

See what you helped build:

Borland-Manske Center: Christ College Wing
Borland-Manske Center: Music Wing

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 was 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 has two wings with a connecting breezeway. The Center is nestled between the Library Arts Building and the Baseball Field. The space between Library Arts and the Borland-Manske Center was transformed into Alumni Plaza and honors the individual and collective contributions of Concordia's alumni. The Alumni Plaza has become a new hub of campus life and an exterior gathering location for students, staff, faculty, and alumni alike.

Together, we built facilities that inspire learning

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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