Marantha Baptist Bible College wanted a centrally located cultural learning center. The program included a library, computer lab, classroom, special collections and board room. The 24,700-square-foot, two-story library is the second building in a series to handle the projected growth of the college from 700 to 1,400 students.
The library exhibits a new direction of COST PER SQ FT$81.93FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers the historic character of the campus into a new quality of permanent structures, enhancing the image of the college while addressing the growing space needs. To support the campus’ new image, the wall of existing coniferous trees were removed and a boulevard-type entrance was constructed, focusing on the library.
The character of this building reflects the integration of the cream-colored masonry of the past with the educational technology of the future. Economical materials were still used; however, the warmth of the past was brought out in the carpet, wood, brass and paint, with small accents of stone.
The library is the first major new building to flank what is to be a campus quadrangle and is located on a sloping site at the terminus of the new entrance drive. Parking and vehicular circulation in front of the library were reconfigured as part of site development.
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