Norwich University representatives gathered with building contractors and partners to celebrate the official opening of the campus’s newly renovated Kreitzberg Library today. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting event was held to mark the occasion.
The $6.8 million renovation is the first completed project under the Forging the Future campaign. Announced at Homecoming in 2014, the university’s largest comprehensive fundraising effort aims to raise $100 million in the five years leading up to the university’s bicentennial in 2019. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $68 million.
“This campaign is all about improving academics, so what better place to start than the library – a place used by the entire Norwich community,” President Richard W. Schneider said. “Its impact on students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community of Northfield will be enormous.”
At the Sept. 1 event, the Norwich community was introduced to its newly transformed library and its many major enhancements, including new workstations, group-study and collaborative-learning areas, new technology-enabled classrooms and a café.
Additional improvements include two new conference rooms, and a 77% increase in the number of seats, from 249 to 440. The new library also boasts a 10-fold increase in data speeds and capacity and state of the art collaborative tools, thanks in part to a $125,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust given to support technology upgrades.
The library is named for principal donors Barbara and Fred Kreitzberg ’57, who were unable to attend the event, but who sent in a statement.
“Barbara and I have loved this library since its dedication in 1992,” Fred Kreitzberg ’57, said. “We know that students have enjoyed using this library and hope that with the new renovations it will be even better-suited for our technologically advanced students.”
Construction began Dec. 17, 2014, with approximately 40 Vermonters working on site on an average day. At times that figure climbed to 60. The construction was primarily completed by Vermont firms employing Vermont workers, including EF Wall, Bates & Murray Electrical, Vermont Mechanical and Red Thread.
Demonstrating Norwich’s commitment to sustainability, the vast majority of installed lighting use LED bulbs, subsidized by Efficiency Vermont, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90%. In addition, air handling units were upgraded, low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint was used, and virtually all construction debris was recycled.
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu
In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu