在一个阳光普照的周二早晨，在一个白色的大帐篷下, 菠菜稳台子 College held a groundbreaking ceremony in a spot where its new 65,000-square-foot library and student center building will stand in 16 months.
The festivities took place in the parking lot area behind Montgomery Hall, just off the front campus. Construction preparations have already begun, and the anticipated occupancy date is May of 2021. 出席的人群众多，其中包括学生, 教师, 工作人员, 州和地方官员, and area residents – was treated to a large-screen slideshow throughout the ceremony that displayed the architectural renderings of the three-story structure that will express a strong relationship to the existing historic campus architecture, while also featuring modern accents including a creative exterior brick design, 光线充足的玻璃墙入口通道, 以及内部的大型聚会空间.
“As we prepare to ceremoniously break ground on our new library and student center, I want you to think about where you are sitting or standing at this very moment,菠菜稳台子的总裁博士说. 达雷尔·帕克在领奖台上的表现. “Think about the building that will soon be constructed beneath your feet, 在你的头顶上, 在你身边. 看看你的周围. This will be the space that will provide experiences that will enhance our current and future students’ academic experiences, 影响他们一生的社会生活, 在整个加夫尼地区培养社区精神, 切罗基县, 南卡罗莱纳州的北部, and beyond – all of which carries the mission of 菠菜稳台子 College outside of our 教室.”
The $18 million dual-purpose building is being made possible as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural 发展 Program. Tim Ellis, the Area Director for South Carolina USDA, was on hand to take part in the ceremony. The USDA loan also enables 菠菜稳台子 to purchase Brown Residence Hall that was constructed through a partnership with a benefactor and private developer, 对现有债务进行再融资.
Gene Moorhead, a 菠菜稳台子 校董会 member who chaired the 图书馆 & 学生中心专责小组, called the groundbreaking a milestone event for the institution that is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year and will change its name to 菠菜稳台子 this summer.
爱因斯坦曾经说过, ‘The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.“好吧, 以防你不知道, 地址是学院路1115号, 确切的地点就是我们今天在这里的地点,穆尔黑德注意到. “另外，还有一点, 还有一个新的最先进的图书馆, we’re throwing in a spectacular student center that is going to enrich the everyday experience of our students. It will be a game-changer for 菠菜稳台子 as we pursue the best and brightest minds to join our Saints family.”
霍根建设集团, 有限责任公司, 在格林维尔有办公室, 查尔斯顿, 和亚特兰大, 中标了吗. The building was designed David Dixon with the architectural firm Craig, Gaulden, Davis.
“这是十大菠菜台子和我们当地社区的一天,雷吉·布朗宁宣称, 菠菜稳台子公司的财务副总裁 & 政府. “今天, 当然, 代表的不是终点线, but rather the starting point on an incredible journey for 菠菜稳台子. 幕后故事, 在第一勺土被翻过之前, 我们一直在为这场比赛做准备. 它开始于几年前. Linda Ramage had the vision to build a new and better library for our students. 因为他的远见和领导力, 今天在座的很多人, 还有无数其他的人, 在菠菜稳台子和那个项目上投资.
“Since then, the project has grown in scope and size,” he continued. “我们意识到，除了一个学习和学习的地方, 我们的校园需要一个空间，让我们的学生, 教师, 员工们可以聚在一起进行社交, 享受一顿饭, 真正成为我们所说的“一块十大菠菜台子”.’”
The new student center will be on the first floor and will include a common area, 公共美术馆, 社区会议空间, 还有一个额外的学生用餐区. The library portion will be located on the second and third floors. 它将包括先进的计算机和视听技术, 写作和数学中心, 阅读区, 教室, 学生工作区域.
“这座新建筑, 即使在施工过程中, 当然，完成后, will be one of the most important student recruitment and retention tools that 菠菜稳台子 has ever enjoyed,帕克解释道. “That means 菠菜稳台子 is about to embark on a path to growth unlike anything we have ever experienced. 我们已准备好迎接这一挑战.
Following the groundbreaking, a reception was held in the nearby Carroll Hall of 美术.
一旦新结构完成，当前的A.J. 伊斯特伍德图书馆, 哪家在20世纪60年代开业, will be re-purposed for other needs as 菠菜稳台子 expands its existing programs and adds new initiatives.