Corban announced plans last week to launch a five-year campaign to raise $14 million as part of its first phase in a strategic plan for growth. The campaign will fund the construction of a new library on campus, refurbish the current library facility into faculty offices and classrooms, build an endowment fund and perform other renovations on campus. A major portion of the campaign funds—around $8 million—will go toward the new library facility.
Although plans are still in the making, the new 35,000-square-foot library will be located behind the pavilion area on campus and offer state-of-the-art technology. Some associated possibilities for the facility include the Prewitt/Allen Archaeological Museum, coffee service area, and archival space in a building that provides excellent services to academically-motivated students.
Looking ahead to its 2012 completion, Steve Hunt, vice president for marketing, said, “We want it to be the premier building on campus.”
The present library with its two levels and 15,000 square feet of space occupies the front wing of the academic center. The back wing houses faculty offices and classrooms. Once the new library is built, the old space will be renovated to provide new faculty offices which in turn will allow space for more classrooms in the academic center.
The library project is part of the College’s strategic plan, Corban 2010/2020, to enhance areas of the college by construction of new buildings and physical improvements, as well as adding to the academic, athletic, and arts programs of the school. It reflects the need for the school to accommodate its growing student population, and just as important, its expectations of reaching an even higher level of academic excellence while upholding its mission to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.
“As we add great programs to our curriculum and enhance our reputation as an academic institution, a new library is a really important piece of the overall picture,” said Mike Bates, vice president for advancement.
Other buildings which will be included in future phases of Corban 2010/2020 are new residence halls, a larger gym, and a student life center.
Construction of a new residence hall is expected to be finished for the fall of 2009. Front page coverage of the campaign launch appeared in Salem’s Statesman Journal on Friday, November 2, 2007, and can be viewed here. To learn more about the capital campaign, call the College Advancement Office at 503-375-7003.