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Athenaeum Groundbreaking

Release date: April 27, 2007

For more information about The Athenaeum, visit the Athenaeum website at www.goucher.edu/athenaeum.

On Friday, April 27, Goucher College will break ground on the Athenaeum, a signature building that the college envisions will become a vital point of connection between the academic, cultural, and social pursuits for community members — both on and off campus.

The groundbreaking festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. on Goucher’s campus at the future site of the Athenaeum, between the Alumnae/i House and the new residence hall. To view the campus map, please click here

The keynote speech at the groundbreaking will be delivered by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who helped Goucher secure $900,000 in federal funds to build and operate the Athenaeum. These funds were designated for construction and for helping Goucher meet programming costs associated with a new community service center that will be an important element of the Athenaeum project.

Other elected officials, executives associated with higher education in Maryland, and  generous donors and supporters from the Goucher community also will be present.

An integral part of the Strategic Plan that Goucher College adopted in 2002, the Athenaeum will be the flagship of the campus, weaving together the various threads of life at Goucher in one signature building — a physical centerpiece for the campus that also will be the figurative heart of the academic community.

The 100,000-square-foot building will be open 24/7 and will feature a new, technologically superior library; a spacious open forum for performances, public discussions, and other events; a café, art gallery; a center for community service and multicultural affairs programming; and spaces for exercise, conversation, and quiet reflection and relaxation.

Goucher College, in collaboration with Hillier Architecture, has approached every aspect of the Athenaeum project with an eye toward sustainable design strategies, and the project will be certified according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green-Building Rating System. The Athenaeum will employ energy-saving features such as the use of recycled building materials, the inclusion high-efficiency mechanical systems, the restoration of native habitats, and the addition of two green roofs, which will reduce heat gain and alleviate stormwater runoff.

Construction on the Athenaeum will begin this May, with an anticipated delivery date of fall 2009.