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3-D model, color rendering gives glimpse of what College's new library will look like

July 7, 2006

It may be just a few inches in diameter, but it has caused quite a buzz on the Marietta College campus.

The excitement surrounds a three-dimensional scale model of the proposed new library, which is on display at the current library.

"I think once people see the model they will get very excited about the dramatic impact this new building will have on the campus," said Marietta Provost Dr. Sue DeWine. "It puts academic pursuits at the center of the campus with a distinctive shape to the building. When you take a look at the model and the exterior landscaping note the dramatic change to the center of campus. The new position of the library allows a true center of campus to be created."

The model is put into perspective because it is placed in a scaled-down version of the campus showing the central academic buildings. Burgess and Niple architects, who are currently engaged in the designing of the new library building for the College, created the model using plaster replicas of the buildings.

"There will be outdoor seating and walkways that will greatly enhance the center of campus. By moving the library closer to the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business it opens up the front of Dyson Baudo Recreation Center and gives a direct line of sight to the beautiful front of the Ricky Science Center," DeWine said. "Our hope is that this new attractive center will draw students to it to move from eating at Gilman, to working out, to stopping for coffee in the cyber café in the library, to classes on the other side of the oval. There should be a great deal of activity taking place in the new center of campus."

The model is currently on display, along with a color rendering of the facade of the new library. According to Dr. Doug Anderson, director of the library, the plans for the new library are moving ahead well. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2007 and the new library to open in January 2009.

"We had the opportunity of showing the current draft of our plans to the trustees during their recent meeting in New York. During that visit Laura Baudo Sillerman and Rob Dyson, the lead donors whose gifts kicked off our planning effort, also had an opportunity to view and comment on the designs," Anderson said. "I was very pleased at how well the concepts for the new library building are being received by everyone who sees them."

Dyson and Baudo Sillerman, classmates who graduated from Marietta in 1968, each donated $5 million in October. The College's Advancement Office has been working since that day to raise the necessary $7 million to complete the project.

The new library will include a learning and teaching center, the library’s reference and circulating collections, archives and special collections, student study space and classrooms. According to the current drawings, MC officials have kept their promise to have the new center be consistent with the College's historical architecture.

"The plan for the new library building shows how it will make a dramatic impact on the campus," Anderson said. "Its architecture is distinctive and elegant and will fit well among the classic styles of the historic buildings at the center of campus."

-- Tom Perry, College Relations

Dawes Memorial Library will continue services through Commencement in May 2007.

Other News

College has plan to keep library services available during construction (March 9, 2006)

MC receives $10 million gift for Learning and Library Resource Center (October 24, 2005)