Pavilion Complete, Bookstore Coming


By Steve Heacock

A spirited crowd of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees gathered in Pulver Pavilion in Cotter Union on Friday evening, October 26, to officially dedicate the new addition, which opened at the start of the academic year. The naming gift was given by Trustee David Pulver ’63, his wife, Carol, and their daughter, Stephanie ’93.

“Peter Bohlin nailed it,” said Joseph Boulos ’68, chair of Colby’s Board of Trustees, referring to principal architect Peter Bohlin, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architects. “This is fabulous. Colby cannot thank the Pulvers enough for all they’ve done for the College, but tonight I think we’re going to try.”

Colby Bookstore
An architect's rendering shows the bookstore addition on the far right of Cotter Union.

“Carol and I are even more thrilled today than we were the day Peter Bohlin came on board—because it works,” said Pulver as he addressed the crowd at the dedication. “It’s a truly centralized place for people to gather.”

The opening of Pulver Pavilion signals the near-completion of a comprehensive student center for Colby. Those attending the dedication ceremony could not help noticing the grid of I-beams already in place just outside Page Commons. Next fall, the 9,000-square-foot, $4.25-million bookstore addition will open, making Cotter a true hub for student activity on campus. The main entrance for the bookstore will be off Page Commons lobby. The move of the bookstore from the Roberts Building will help allow for the ultimate transformation of that building into a residence hall.

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