Charleston Southern University has opened its new $7.4 million building at the heart of its campus.

The building helps the private Christian college produce Christian leaders and equips it to host larger-scale events.

The Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership spans 26,500 square feet and houses three institutes aimed at producing future Christian leaders: the Biblical Worldview Institute, Faith Integration Institute and Marketplace Institute.

The center also provides CSU with a new 300-seat, high-tech conference center, lecture halls, classrooms, research center and faculty offices.

That will allow CSU to host conferences that draw more than 2,000 people by using its 1,500-seat chapel and videostreaming capabilities to other campus space, the new leadership center and the Wingate by Wyndham in Charleston hotel, which is adjacent to the campus.

The center is named in honor of Shirley and Floyd Whitfield, a longtime trustee, who donated about $3 million to the project, the single- biggest gift in the university’s history.