SMCM: Public Mtg. Thurs. to Discuss New Anne Arundel Hall

Capital Design Advisory Committee Hosts Public Meeting Sept. 24 from 7-9:30 p.m. To Discuss the Proposed Schematic Designs for the New Anne Arundel Hall and Historic St. Mary’s City’s Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center (Visitor’s Center)

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. (Sept. 24, 2009)—The Capital Design Advisory Committee (CDA) of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) and Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) will hold a public meeting in the auditorium at HSMC Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7-9:30 p.m. The CDA will present the proposed schematic design for the replacement of Anne Arundel Hall and the construction of the new Historic St. Mary’s City Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center (Visitor’s Center). In addition to updating the community on programs, scope, and siting reviewed during the CDA’s public presentations in August, new information will be provided on preliminary architectural designs.

The two construction projects are currently in the planning phase. The Anne Arundel replacement will include modern archaeological curation facilities for Historic St. Mary’s City and space for the college’s academic programs in anthropology, museum studies, and language/cultures. HSMC’s new interpretive center will replace the visitor’s center currently in the blue barns off Rosecroft Road. Construction on these projects will begin in 2012.

These projects stem from 1997 legislation that formally affiliated the college and the historic city to foster joint educational and interpretive programming. Co-locating academic programs related to the legacy of the historic site, archaeological research and curation, and the city’s primary interpretation center in one location will enhance educational programs and promote close interaction between the faculty and staff of the two institutions.

The CDA was created by SMCM and HSMC to provide an interface for community input to their capital development planning. The CDA is charged with seeking public comment in its review of master plan and design proposals for major capital improvement and landscape projects on the St. Mary’s College campus and the grounds of HSMC. Membership of the CDA includes representatives from established community organizations, the college, and the city.


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