The new 62,000-square-foot Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Center (ELC) speaks to Georgetown College’s rich tradition, while providing educational tools that will be required in the next century.
The ELC, which is a college and a community resource, completes the Kentucky private college’s west end. Positioned adjacent to a residential neighborhood, the facility’s ASSOCIATED FIRMCMTA Consulting EngineersCOST PER SQ FT$171.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio enhances the aesthetic value of the campus, respects the surrounding environment and opens the facility to the surrounding community. The learning center’s design reaches into the nearby neighborhood, drawing in residents by encouraging them to visit its cafe, access full library resources and attend community events.
The center’s design is reminiscent of the Greek and Colonial Revival architecture found throughout the campus. The ELC’s organization along two distinct cross axes reduces the size of the facility’s facade, while accommodating the overall building program. The use of brick and limestone on the building’s exterior relates it to other campus buildings, and provides durability and ease of maintenance. Extensive use of windows in a structured rhythm allows natural light to flood interior spaces.
The ELC’s entry hall is a celebratory space. The positioning of a conference roof along the center’s spacious entry/lobby allows the college to combine the two areas to accommodate large meetings, and host community and social events.
While traditional in architectural design, the ELC is a modern learning center that features space, systems and technologies required to serve users for many years. Key design features include: space for more than 1,000 periodicals and 240,000 volumes, including movable stacks to facilitate storage; 330 networked study positions; custom-designed data and power access ports that form raised bases for lamps at study tables; teleconferencing center; 125-seat high-tech auditorium; distance-learning center; computer lab; expandable fiber-optic network; satellite uplinks to access global resources.
Designed with the college and community requirements as a guide, the ELC is elegantly detailed, easy to maintain and geared for 21st-century education. The completed center reflects strong design standards and conscientious application of the institution’s fiscal resources.
"This is an absolutely beautiful project. It matches the campus style."—1999 jury