Oct. 17, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
With Maryville College’s Homecoming Weekend just days away, administrators hope to again shine the spotlight on Anderson Hall and the campaign for its interior renovation.
Releasing new architectural renderings this week of some proposed spaces inside the 142-year-old building, college leaders hope to generate excitement for the project and encourage people to walk through the building during the Oct. 20 Anderson Hall Alumni Open House.
“With the global recession that began in 2008, this project has taken a little longer to complete than we would have liked,” said Holly Jackson-Sullivan, vice president for advancement. “But with some signs of an improving economy, we hope more people – alumni, parents and friends – will be able to come forward to support this very important capital project.”
In addition to the architectural renderings, the Oct. 20 Open House will feature archival displays and a video. Alumna and former registrar Martha Hess will be on hand to talk about the building’s history, and Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart, along with Jackson-Sullivan, will be available to answer questions about the renovation and opportunities to support it.
The Open House, which begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon, is being hosted by the executive board of the College’s National Alumni Association.
The public is invited.
Plans for Anderson Hall’s complete renovation were announced in 2006. By 2008, $2 million had been raised to fund “Phase I,” which focused on exterior improvements: brick and mortar restoration, roof replacement, tower repairs, new gutters and downspouts.
“On the outside, it looks fantastic,” Jackson-Sullivan said. “In its history, Anderson Hall’s exterior has probably never looked better. But in 142 years, its interior has never seen an extensive, top-to-bottom refurbishment. It’s time to upgrade this 19th-century building to 21st-century technological and environmental standards.”
Currently, Anderson Hall is home to three academic divisions, Education, Humanities and Languages and Literature. Totaling approximately 25,500 square feet, Anderson’s interior provides more classrooms and faculty offices than any other academic building on campus.
Johnson Architecture, Inc., of Knoxville was hired in May to redesign the interior space. Working with administrators and faculty members, architects incorporated flexible classroom designs into the plans, 30 offices and three “team” rooms, as well as an outdoor classroom/amphitheatre. Utilizing square footage in the basement, they were able to add storage space, a faculty lounge and restrooms.
“Structurally, Anderson Hall is incredibly well built – it just needs a modern upgrade,” said Barry Brooke, executive vice president of Lawler-Wood, LLC, which is the owner’s representative for the project. “This is a total renovation. The building will be made more functional and efficient and brought up to modern comfort and safety standards while preserving the building’s historical facades and iconic features.”
The interior will be taken back to the supporting structure, meaning that interior walls are going to be removed, as well as existing flooring and all ceilings. An elevator, sprinkler system and security system will be installed.
Joseph Construction is on the project team and is expected to be the general contractor for the renovation.
Total cost of the interior renovation is $6.8 million.
To date, roughly $4 million has been raised or pledged, Jackson-Sullivan said. A $1 million Alumni Class Challenge launched in February has resulted in $500,000.
“Several donors have made gifts to name spaces in honor or in memory of loved ones,” she pointed out. “Many more naming opportunities exist, and we hope people will stop by this Saturday to learn more.”
Administrators hope work can begin on the project next June. If it does, Brooke said he expects the renovation will be completed in time for the 2014-2015 academic year.
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.