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Johns Hopkins UniversityArts and Sciences Magazine

Campus Construction: Library and Labs

More than 200 guests assembled on the south patio of Homewood’s Milton S. Eisenhower Library on Sunday, June 6, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Brody Learning Commons. The building is named to honor the university’s 13th president, William R. Brody, and his wife, Wendy.

Several years in the planning, the Brody Learning Commons will be a light-filled, four-story hub for collaborative learning, with a robust technology infrastructure and spaces for group and individual study. The building will feature a quiet reading room, a new home for the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, new laboratory and instruction space for the Department of Preservation and Conservation, and a new atrium and café.

The building will sit directly to the south of the Eisenhower Library and connect on several floors. The Brody Learning Commons will provide space that is desperately needed—more than 500 new seats and 15 additional group study rooms.

Construction is set to begin in 2011, and the building is anticipated to open in 2013. The Eisenhower Library will remain open throughout the construction period.

Meanwhile, planning is under way for a major addition to Mudd Hall that will house a renewal of the School of Arts and Sciences’ undergraduate teaching laboratories. The five-story, 102,000-square-foot building would be constructed on the courtyard side of Mudd Hall, adding three floors of dedicated teaching laboratories, as well as common space, a shared interactive classroom and computer lab, and more.

The project aims to bring together in one building undergraduate labs for chemistry, biology, biophysics, and neuroscience, and allow for coming advances in the school’s life sciences curricula.

The new building will require significant philanthropic support; Arts and Sciences has a $15 million fundraising goal for the project.



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