Finlandia University is pleased to announce that it will host a grand opening of Hirvonen Hall on Saturday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Now home to Finlandia’s College of Health Sciences programs, the iconic former Hancock Public Schools building also serves as the location of the Finlandia Lions Esports Arena, in addition to multiple local businesses situated on the fourth floor.
Acquired in 2009 through a strategic and creative exchange of resources with Hancock Schools known as Campus and Community: Together For Good, Finlandia renamed the building to recognize the Hirvonen family’s legacy of extraordinary leadership and generosity. Renovations began in 2019 following a joint venture between FinnU and Mike Lahti, who has served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 2011. Together, the pair are committed to preserving the building’s historical character, enhancing its community spaces and creating inspiring learning environments.
“As my wife Sharon and I are both graduates of Hancock High School, I am pleased that I was able to be a part of the renovation to make the building, once again, a viable place of learning in the center of our town,” Lahti said.
In collaboration with the 2022 Hancock Central High All-School Reunion, Finlandia invites former Bulldogs and the general public to kick off the event by standing for a group photo in front of Hirvonen Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone to Hirvonen Hall to celebrate the newest use of this venerable building,” Finlandia President Tim Pinnow said. “We think you will be impressed with the incredible labs and facilities that we have created with the help of Mike Lahti and look forward to you being able to interact with our students as you tour the new facility.”Board of Trustees, Campus and Community: Together for Good, City of Hancock, College of Health Sciences, Hancock High School, Hancock Promise, Hirvonen College of Health Sciences, Hirvonen Hall, Mike Lahti