Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
J. E. and L. E. Mabee Learning Resources Center

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Institution Name: Wayland Baptist University
Original/Historic Place Name: Home Life Building (now completely enclosed in LRC)
Location on Campus: center of campus between Smyth and Utica St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1996original construction Brasher, Goyette & Rapier
Designer: Brasher, Goyette & Rapier (Lubbock, TX)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete; steel
Walls: exterior: brick veneer; interior: drywall
Roof: tar; gravel
 
Function:
ca. 1996academic department building (economics, business)
ca. 1996faculty offices
ca. 1996classrooms
ca. 1996other (student snack bar and lounge area)
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (computer lab, music lab, and education materials processing lab)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (conference room, study carels, faculty study, carillon)
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (art gallery)
ca. 2004-present (2006)library (and university archives)
 

Narrative:
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.
 

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