Release date: September 12, 2009
On Saturday, September 12, Goucher College will officially open 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 Athenaeum opening kicks off the celebration of Goucher’s 125th anniversary. Throughout the year, the college will be holding a series of events to commemorate its long history of educating young women and men and its role as a community resource for Greater Baltimore.
The Athenaeum festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include a cornerstone ceremony, video retrospectives of the college’s history, a time capsule presentation, and refreshments; additionally, guided tours of the building will begin around 2 p.m.
Goucher students, faculty, staff, alumnae/i, other college supporters, and outside community members are invited to participate. Elected officials, executives associated with higher education in Maryland, and generous donors to the college and the Athenaeum project also have been invited.
Honored guests will include Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski; former Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes; and Rhoda Dorsey, Judy Jolley Mohraz, and Robert Welch, all past presidents of Goucher.
To view the campus map, please go to http://www.goucher.edu/documents/campusmaplow.pdf.
The Athenaeum is the new flagship of Goucher’s campus, weaving together the various threads of life at the college in one signature building — a physical centerpiece for the campus that also will be the figurative heart of the academic community.
The 103,000-square-foot building is open 24 hours a day and features 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.
“The Athenaeum will be Goucher College’s crowning jewel,” said President Sanford J. Ungar. “It will be a buzzing hive of activity and a common point of connection among all the members of our community and visitors to our campus. The Athenaeum represents an important step forward in the evolution of Goucher College and an exciting manifestation of the ideals of a modern liberal arts education.”
Goucher College, in collaboration with the architecture firm RMJM, approached every aspect of the Athenaeum project with an eye toward sustainable design strategies, and the project will be Silver certified according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 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.
The Athenaeum was integral part of the Strategic Plan that Goucher College adopted in 2002, Construction on the building began in May 2007, with the final cost totaling $48 million.
For further information about the Athenaeum at Goucher College, please see the attached fact sheet.