County OKs design for library CCC plan needs state approval

September 22, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

A schematic design for the new library to be built for Carroll Community College won an endorsement from the county commissioners yesterday.

The design will be submitted to the state Higher Education Commission for further approval.

College officials hope the process will continue to go smoothly, so the library can open as scheduled in the fall of 1995.

"We're pushing that date," said Alan Schuman, vice president for administration. "There's no more slack to the time frame."

Commissioners Julia W. Gouge and Elmer C. Lippy voted 2-0 in favor of the round, terra cotta-colored brick building with a blue roof, designed to be compatible with existing buildings on Washington Road. Commissioner Donald I. Dell did not attend the meeting.

A glass-enclosed breezeway would connect the library to the main building in the middle of the north side. On the south side, two classroom wings already are connected to the main building.

The main entrance to the library would be through the main building. During off hours, visitors could enter through a breezeway.

Architects for the building are Probst-Mason Inc. of Baltimore, working with the Hillier Group of Princeton, N.J. The Hillier Group includes specialists in library design who worked on the libraries of Western Maryland College and Hood College.

As with other campus buildings, the new library would be paid for, owned and maintained by the county. The college has an agreement to operate in the buildings. A similar arrangement exists for the Carroll County public library.

The college's board of trustees also endorsed the building design.

The commissioners and the trustees said they preferred the round design to an asymmetrical rectangular design set at a slight angle to the main building.

"I'm thinking of the public reaction," Commissioner Julia Gouge said as she dismissed the rectangular version.

Although the exterior of the building will be round, the interior will be planned in a linear design, said architect Alan Chimacoff of the Hillier Group. Bookshelves will stand in straight rows, for instance.

The college is applying for $6.8 million for the library in the 1994-1995 fiscal year. The state already has approved $4.1 million, pending county approval and commitment for the other $2.7 million.

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