GGC breaks ground on new library

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman and local dignitaries, including GGC Library Director Gene Ruffin; Glenn S. White, chairman of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation; GGC Vice President of Business and Finance Eddie Beauchamp; GGC Student Government Association President Steve Haney; University System of Georgia Board of Regents member Felton Jenkins; Jerry Voith, vice president of Leo A. Daley and Associates and Mike Potts, CEO, Potts Construction, donned hardhats and wielded ceremonial silver shovels today as they broke ground on the college’s newest addition – the Library and Learning Resource Center.

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman and local dignitaries, including GGC Library Director Gene Ruffin; Glenn S. White, chairman of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation; GGC Vice President of Business and Finance Eddie Beauchamp; GGC Student Government Association President Steve Haney; University System of Georgia Board of Regents member Felton Jenkins; Jerry Voith, vice president of Leo A. Daley and Associates and Mike Potts, CEO, Potts Construction, donned hardhats and wielded ceremonial silver shovels today as they broke ground on the college’s newest addition – the Library and Learning Resource Center.

“Our campus continues to grow,” stated Dr. Kaufman, “and we are delighted that the construction of our library has finally begun. This library, which embodies the principles of learning and information, will be here for generations and influence the lives of tens of thousands of students. Our efforts this morning signify a bold and innovative college that embraces enhanced study habits and futuristic learning methodology.”

Kaufman added, “once again, we pay tribute to the forward-thinking leaders who envisioned this college and who have paved the way for our success. We are indebted to those individuals who helped fund the library, including Governor Sonny Perdue, members of the leadership in both the Senate and House and certainly our members of the Gwinnett legislative delegation.”

The 90,000 square-foot library is slated to open in the fall of 2010, with a capacity for 300,000 volumes. It is centrally located on the campus of Georgia’s newest public, four-year institution, and will be a cornerstone of the college’s “quad” which will include a student center, also scheduled to open in 2010.

The new GGC library will have silver-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The LEED system encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and adopted tools and performance criteria.

A third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings; LEED promotes the whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in six key areas of human and environmental health.

Plans for the interior of the building are to house an atrium and grand staircase, providing an attractive setting and excellent facilities for meetings, receptions, readings, lectures and other gatherings. The library will be open to both campus users and the general community and is slated to be a place where information, learning and technology intersect.

“This new library will be a testament to the intellectual heritage we are building here at GGC,” Gene Ruffin, director of the college Library said today. “As the intellectual heart and soul of the campus, it endows our students with a state-of-the-art center for collaborative study as well as an oasis for personal study, affording them both areas of great activity and quiet contemplation.”
The centerpiece of the new facility is the Heritage Instructional Room – a high tech area for presentations of all types. Located on the third floor of the building, it commands a grand view from its balcony of the academic quadrangle and the college’s signature building which was designed by the renowned John Portman and Associates architectural firm. The room will accommodate approximately 300 people and is slated to be the academic heart of Georgia Gwinnett College.

The Grand Reading Room is to be a high quality study area for members of the Georgia Gwinnett College community, connecting the modern library of today with the grand intellectual heritage that has been a part of learning centers throughout the centuries. This room, housing finely crafted appointments and furnishings, overlooks the three story atrium of the library.

The forward-looking structure also houses classrooms to educate students and faculty about the information resources available to them. These technologically-advanced classrooms allow librarians the space to teach students the research skills they need as GGC students and as working professionals following graduation. With wireless access throughout the library, the classrooms contain the same high tech software and hardware that other campus classrooms have, but also include the applications necessary for library instruction.

One of the key elements of the $28.3 million library is the integration of space into the learning process. Students have a variety of collaborative learning areas to choose from including study rooms for team projects, and smart study rooms for projects that require digital audio and visual components. One new area will include a presentation rehearsal room to be used by students rehearsing presentations for courses. This room is equipped with a digital capture system, projection system, and other hardware and software necessary for presenting. The library also houses media viewing rooms to provide students with facilities to view instructional media such as DVDs and webcasts.

The Research Commons area provides technology that students need to produce scholarly work. These types of spaces are conducive with collaborative learning and offer computer stations, laptop computer outlets, shared study areas with tables and assistance with both research and technical questions. While collaborative study is becoming more important, the need for quiet zones also is essential in libraries, so the new building will incorporate study alcoves and carrels to meet this need.

The new structure also will have something no modern library can be without – a coffee shop.

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