Reaching the World
Eight years, 25,000 donors, and $376 million later, many of the goals in the strategic plan have been met.
Published October 19, 2010
Before Pulver, students did not have a functional student center. They congregated in “The Street” on the ground floor of the library or in the Spa in Cotter Union, but a central place to see and be seen didn’t exist. Now, students use the space just as it was intended, and the bookstore, which moved from Roberts, adds to the dynamic community space—and provides students comfy chairs in which to read.
From Georgia O’Keeffe to James McNeill Whistler, the Lunder Collection has made the Colby Museum of Art a destination for those interested in American art. Given by Peter ’56, D.F.A. ’98, and Paula Lunder, D.F.A. ’98, in 2007 and valued at more than $100 million at the time, it is one of the largest single gifts ever donated to a college art museum. New exhibition space to house the collection will give Colby the largest art museum exhibition space in Maine.
Opened in 2007, the LEED-certified Diamond Building, named for trustee Robert E. Diamond Jr. ’73 and the Diamond Family Foundation, houses anthropology, economics, government, sociology, African-American studies, environmental studies, education, international studies, and the Goldfarb Center. Diamond brings students and departments together to examine social and political issues from a variety of perspectives.
Opened in fall 2008, the Harold Alfond Stadium provides a synthetic turf field for football, soccer, and lacrosse teams. The facility, built with funding from philanthropist Harold Alfond, L.H.D. ’80, provided the men’s and women’s track and field programs with a rebuilt 400-meter track and separate areas for long and triple jump, discus, and hammer. Full stadium lighting allows for late-afternoon and evening practices as well as night games.
Starting with its name, the alumni center is a monument to alumni friendship and community. Opened in 2005 and named for fraternity brothers from the Class of ’67 who saw the need for a central location for alumni activities and campus events, it was the first LEED-certified building on campus, earning LEED-silver status. Since then, silver LEED has become a campus standard.
The synthetic-turf Bill Alfond Field, named for trustee donor William L. Alfond ’72 and completed in fall 2004, was the fourth synthetic-turf field in NESCAC. The lighted field can be plowed of snow and allows spring teams to practice early in the season. Located on a knoll across from Johnson Pond, the bright-green turf is home to lacrosse, field hockey, and other athletes. The facility, which includes bleachers and restrooms, is also used on occasion by area high school teams.
The fourth and final building on Colby Green, an academic building to house the math, computer science, and psychology departments, has been planned for a site adjacent to the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center. Once complete (no start date has been established), this project will free Roberts Building to be converted to a residence hall. The science building is expected to be LEED certified.
With the gift of the Lunder Collection came a need for additional exhibition space. A 26,000-square-foot expansion of the museum will provide that space through a modern design that may cause passers-by to do a double take. The addition, which is expected to be completed in 2013, will resemble a three-story glass cube, reflecting natural images on the Colby campus—and the museum’s evolving identity.
Colby will move closer to becoming carbon neutral with a biomass plant that will supply about 90 percent of the campus’s need for steam for heat, hot water, cooking, and dehumidification. Construction is expected to begin late this year. The plant will have two 400 horsepower biomass boilers to augment the existing oil-fired boilers at the central steam plant. The facility is expected to be LEED certified. Estimated cost: $11 million.