Construction of a new library on the campus of Central Baptist College is running ahead of schedule, officials said Friday.
The project, to be completed in December, is the second of 10 total construction and renovation projects that make up “Vision 2020,” a 10-year facilities master plan for the school.
A game room in the school’s current student center, as well as study areas, were converted into offices in recent years due to the college’s growth. School officials hope the new facility will serve as the hub of campus life and be the go-to spot for hanging out and studying.Construction of the 16,000 square-foot, two-story building began in March at the site of the school’s former administration and library building, which was demolished in February.
The $4 million facility will feature learning commons, offices for library staff, over 30 computer workstations, multimedia classroom, a cafe and cafe seating area, the Ronald V. Mitchell Archives, a science resource center, conference rooms, group and private study rooms and book stacks.
The library will be “non-traditional,” CBC President Terry Kimbrow said. “We want it to be loud. We want our students to interact. We want this building to be the gathering spot for all of the students on campus,” Kimbrow said. The first-floor learning commons features a large, open space with low lighting that will house comfortable and moveable seating, and charging stations for electronic devices. Those seeking a reprieve from the noise will have access to quiet study rooms on the second floor.
A name for the library has been chosen and will be announced soon, Kimbrow said.
“This will be a better place for students to hang out,” Kimbrow said. “And of course coffee — that’s why I’m going to be here.”
A dedication ceremony for the library is tentatively slated for Feb. 1, 2014.
Upcoming projects will also be announced soon, Kimbrow beamed. “It’s going to be big — big, big,” he said. “More buildings ... but I can’t talk about it yet.”