Franklin College will celebrate breaking ground on the construction and renovation of the Franklin College Science Center on May 18.

A ceremony will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. behind Barnes Hall on Monroe Street. The building schematics will be on display during the event. The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking.

The project is designed by BSA LifeStructures and is anticipated to cost $17 million. Hagerman Group will be the construction manager.

Through ongoing talks with Indiana business and science leaders and national science associations, the science faculty revamped curriculum in 2011, aligning science studies to more closely match growing demands of industry.

The college has raised $8.4 million toward the goal of $10 million for the project, and fundraising efforts continue, according to a statement from the college. In February, the Franklin College Board of Trustees approved issuing a $17 million tax-exempt bond to finance a portion of the construction and renovation and refinance the college’s existing long-term debt.