J. E. and L. E. Mabee Learning Resources Center
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J. E. and L. E. Mabee Learning Resources Center (interior, all-purpose room, ca. 2003), Wayland Baptist University
J. E. and L. E. Mabee Learning Resources Center (interior, art center, ca. 2003), Wayland Baptist University
J.E. and L.E. Mabee Learning Resources Center began with the excavation of a space the size of four football fields. The piers were poured first and the soil excavated from around them once the piers hardened. The current building includes the shell of the Home Life Building and is linked via underground space to the Moody Science Building. The underground areas are extensive, still the size of three football fields. They house a multipurpose room, expansion space for the library collections, some university archives, offices for information technology staff, and the university's computer servers. The extensive underground portion provides both climate control to preserve the longevity of the materials and protection from West Texas' frequent dust storms and tornado threats.
The LRC houses the only art gallery in Plainview and Hale counties. The Kaltwasser Flame on the exterior of the building is, according to the manufacturers, the largest back-lit faceted glass sculpture in the world. The LRC provides library resources for the home campus of the university as well as for the twelve external centers. This facility is critical to the university's mission.