The campus’s next project will be the Monninger Center for Learning and Research, a modern library and study facility. Supported by FDU NOW, the Campaign for Fairleigh Dickinson University, this project is expected to be “a major change for us that will make a significant impact,” says Greene. “The library is what says we have a commitment to academic excellence.”
The Monninger Center will feature seminar rooms and small study spaces, encouraging faculty and student interaction. This will be coupled with the latest in library technology, providing essential resources for student research. In addition, construction will adhere to stringent “green” building codes in recognition of the University’s commitment to sustainability. The center’s design incorporates the Twombly orangerie, with a thermal glass face echoing the glass of the greenhouses that once accompanied that historic structure.
The existing library structure will also be renovated and will house a 168-seat auditorium and interactive television facilities that can serve the greater University community for lectures and presentations. There will be additional faculty offices, and the Academic Support Center and the campus’s digital reproduction facility will have new, centrally located homes.
“With the addition of the Monninger Center, we will truly distinguish ourselves as a leading educational institution for the 21st century,” says Greene.
In a testament to the loyalty of passionate campus alumni, alumnus Richard Wellbrock, BA’60, MBS’64 (M), encouraged his children, Maria Wellbrock Bachert, BS’90 (M); William Wellbrock, BS’96 (M); and Linda Wellbrock-Knagenjelm, MBA’03 (M), to pursue degrees there. He hopes that one day his grandchildren will consider the campus for their studies.
“I am sure that their impressions when driving through the main gate would be such that, as it was for me, they would conclude that Fairleigh Dickinson University would be a great place to study.”
For a full array of architectural renderings and details on the latest in research and learning technology to be housed in the Monninger Center, visit http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=5423.
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