The Fisher Memorial Building was named after Burgie Lee Fisher of Virginia, an early entrepreneur in the expansion of the telephone industry in the 1920s. A legacy from his estate in the late 1950s provided CIU (then called Columbia Bible College) with additional funds to pay off the debt on its current Monticello Road property.

Renovations to the two-story 15,000 square foot building included seven classrooms as well as office space. Two new bathrooms were added that previously did not exist, new electrical and lighting were installed throughout the building and brand-new IT and data capabilities were added to classrooms.

Students and staff will now have the option of traveling to the second floor on the newly installed elevator. Where there were once no windows and only brick walls, there are now new glass windows to enlarge interior office space and bring in natural light.

“The Fisher Memorial Building has been our primary classroom facility for undergraduate classes since the 1960s. Bringing it into the 21st century was long overdue. Not only did Hill Construction take this great old building and make it a modern, high-tech facility, they worked hand in glove with other contractors on campus upgrading all of our energy consuming equipment. Their commitment to excellence, cooperation with partners on the site, and attention to very tight timelines were remarkable!” –Columbia International University CFO Rob Hartman


About Columbia International University

For nearly a century, CIU has educated people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. Today, we continue that effort, offering 19 undergraduate majors, graduate and seminary programs, professional certificates, and convenient online programs for working adults. The love of God’s word anchors the experience providing you with a foundation that will guide you for the rest of your life.


About Hill Construction Company

Hill Construction Company is a building contractor committed to “Building Excellence.” Hill Construction is a South Carolina commercial construction services firm respected as a leader in “team approach” project delivery. Offering clients more than 20 years of experience building offices, churches, restaurants, medical facilities, multi-family dwellings, and much more, Hill is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and honest communication in every phase of construction. For more information on Hill Construction, visit


About Talmage Architects

Talmage Architects is a full service, architecture and master planning firm specializing in the design of innovative and sustainable buildings and environments. With more than thirty years of experience, Talmage Architects provides design and project management services for a variety of clients including private developers, commercial and industrial business owners, non-profit entities, and public agencies.


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