July 3, 2003
The bricked walls on new Lloyd Hall have been erected, freeing construction workers to concentrate on interior projects; but just feet from new construction, crews are preparing to take down the walls of old Lloyd Hall.
Ground was broken on the new $7-million, 4-story residence hall last October, after officials determined the cost of renovating and retrofitting its 43-year-old predecessor was beyond responsible stewardship.
“[Old Lloyd] wasn’t air-conditioned, and the plumbing was bad,” explained Mark Cate, vice president for advancement and admissions. “To do just the basics – add central air conditioning, plumbing and new fixtures, new electric, new windows and a new elevator – and to bring everything up to safety codes and space-use codes was going to cost at least $2 to $3 million. And once that was done, we would still have an old, unattractive building.”
This week, demolition crews began gutting the inside of the building. Early next week, a track hoe is expected to begin to dismantle the support structure, with a completion date for the demolition set for July 21. The remaining hole should be filled and compacted well before students return to campus in late August.
Completed in 1959, the facility was named the Margaret Bell Lloyd Residence for Women in honor of the wife of then-Maryville College president, Dr. Ralph W. Lloyd. In announcing plans for a new residence hall on campus, the Maryville College Bulletin of 1958 described the building as a “superior fireproof building of brick, concrete, steel and aluminum. The style will be contemporary … There will be broad overhangs front and back, and perforated brick walls enclosing courts at both ends of the building.”
The Bulletin also shared: “There will be four floors, including: 1) a ground floor containing a large lobby, the housemother’s apartment, the dormitory office, and two guest rooms; 2) two student residence floors, each with 24 double rooms, and ample toilet, bath and laundry facilities; and 3) a large basement designed for recreational and utility purposes.”
Designed to accommodate 96 students, the facility has been continuously used as a residence hall since 1959. A popular residence hall for decades of students, its appeal had waned in recent years, according to Maryville College Assistant Dean of Students Michelle Ballew.
“ Lloyd Hall was very rarely picked as a place that students wanted to live. It usually was the only place left that had space during room selection for the rising sophomore class,” she said. “The electrical system in the building was so antiquated that students couldn’t plug in more than two things at one time without blowing a fuse, which is just unrealistic in today’s electronic world.
“ And while some students weren’t bothered by not having air conditioning,” Ballew added, “many students of today want that amenity.”
Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson said the building had served the College well for more than 40 years and was special to hundreds, if not thousands, of former students.
“ Many of our alumni remember the sense of community that they felt when living there, the result of a design that brought people together in the hall,” he said. “With them, we give thanks for its decades of service as we prepare to transfer to new Lloyd the responsibilities for housing new generations of Maryville College students.”
According to Vice President and Treasurer Al Brown, the new residence hall is on schedule, with completion expected in time for students’ arrival on campus in August.
It will house 150 students and contain suites – 10 suites per floor, four students per suite. Suites can have two double-occupancy rooms or two single-occupancy and one double-occupancy rooms. All suites will have two bathrooms and a living room, and 25 percent of them will have kitchens. Each floor will have a central lounge area, a study room and a laundry room. A large patio/courtyard area in front of the building is included in the plans, also.
The new facility was designed by McCarty Holsaple McCarty architects with special consideration given to the characteristics of the campus’ other historical buildings. Partners and Associates, Inc., a real estate development firm from Knoxville, is the development manager for the construction project, and Denark Construction is the contractor.
The new residence hall will be named for both Dr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Lloyd.
Dedication is scheduled for 11 a.m., Oct. 25, during Homecoming weekend.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.