In 2003 trustee Robert E. Diamond Jr. '73 made one of the largest individual gifts Colby has ever received—$6 million toward the construction of a social sciences and interdisciplinary studies building that now stands next to the Lunder House (admissions).
The Diamond Building, located at the south end of the Colby Green, houses four social science departments (anthropology, economics, government, and sociology) and four interdisciplinary programs (African-American studies, environmental studies, education, international studies). The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement also has its offices in Diamond. By bringing together these departments and programs, the Diamond Building created a vibrant, central location for the exploration of social, economic, and political issues from a wide variety of perspectives. The impact of the Diamond Building extends beyond the departments and programs housed there, as faculty and students from other disciplines use its facilities.
The Diamond Building features the Ostrove Auditorium, a large and technologically sophisticated space with teleconferencing capabilities. The building also has group workrooms, seminar rooms, laboratory space, classrooms, faculty offices, and student research rooms, making it the largest and most adaptable academic building on campus. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory and computer classroom offers state-of-the-art technology for research and teaching.
Built of Colby brick with a copper roof and the familiar cream-white trim, the Diamond Building relates well with Colby's traditional Georgian architecture that defines the main academic quadrangle. The College anticipates that the building will be certified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, a voluntary, national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.