Another One Up, More to Come

 

Campus construction projects: one is complete and others are underway, even as new ones are approved

By Stephen Collins '74
Photography by Ling Zhu '09
 

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Construction on the new Pulver Pavilion in the Cotter Union continues.
Photo by Ling Zhu '09
The Diamond Building, now Colby's largest academic facility except for Miller Library, opened for business with the start of second semester. At the same time, the first phase of renovation and expansion at Cotter Union stayed on track for a fall 2007 reopening of the student center, as construction continues transforming Mayflower Hill.

A second phase of expansion at Cotter Union"a 9,000-square-foot bookstore"was approved by trustees at their January 20 meeting, with construction to begin this year and occupancy planned in the summer of 2008.

The Diamond Building is a 53,500-square-foot facility located at the south end of the new Colby Green next to Lunder House, the admissions building. It contains classrooms, a large auditorium equipped with advanced teleconferencing capabilities, a GIS lab, and offices for four social science departments and four interdisciplinary programs as well as for student research teams. It also is the home of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.

The naming gift was given by Robert Diamond '73 and his wife, Jennifer, and the building incorporates state-of-the-art green-building systems in anticipation of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Formal dedications of the Diamond Building and of the Goldfarb Center are planned for the weekend of April 12-14, with a series of panel discussions on how Colby engages the local community, the nation, and the world.

Across the street the Pulver Pavilion, centerpiece of a new and improved Cotter Union, was taking shape this winter in an effort to revitalize that facility as a true hub of social life on campus. The $10-million project will add 8,000 square feet to the student center, unifying the two existing wings with a café, snack bar, and social space. Work on the new bookstore is expected to begin in earnest following this year's Commencement.

Designed by architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (who also designed the Diamond Building), the Pulver Pavilion will reorient Cotter Union so that a main entrance will face Miller Library, contributing to a sense of a center of the campus. Traffic patterns and uses of space throughout the building will be improved. The naming gift for the pavilion was given by trustee David Pulver '63, his wife, Carol, and their daughter, Stephanie '93.

Construction crews won't rest following these projects. Discussion continued this winter regarding a new science building on the opposite end of the Colby Green from Diamond, and options were being weighed for renovation of the former fraternity houses on Roberts Row"with the first expected to be redone in the summer of 2008"and of the Roberts Building itself.

 
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