Former Governor Glendening To Tour New SMCM Namesake Building

Tour of Glendening Hall is part of Capital For A Day Program

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. (July 14, 2008)—Former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening and Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) Secretary Alvin C. Collins, as part of Capital For A Day activities, will get an advance look at the new Glendening Hall at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) on Thursday, July 17. The DGS is managing construction of the $12 million student services building to be named after the former governor.

“Governor Glendening was tremendously supportive of the College during his term in office,” said St. Mary’s President Jane Margaret O’Brien, who will be part of the tour group. “In addition to his general support of the College’s mission and budget, his leadership was essential for the development of the Maryland Heritage Project, a $65 million investment in new and renovated facilities for the College and Historic St. Mary’s City. Glendening Hall is the first College project completed under the Maryland Heritage Project.”

The 25,940 square-foot facility will provide space for student service offices and related administrative departments. The Student Services Center will act as the public “heart” of the building and will provide easy access for students to conduct day to day transactions with the college. In addition, the facility will include 45 seat, state-of-the-art, interactive conference room.

Green building features are a major focus for the building. Following LEED guidelines, the building will reduce energy consumption by 30% through use of high efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems; reduce water and sewer by 30%; and use 25 % recycled materials in the building’s products. The building, located in a prominent position at the head of the north campus quad, will be architecturally compatible with the College’s “Tidewater Village” motif.

The building’s dedication is scheduled for October 4, 2008 during family weekend.

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