Campus Center [Smith Union] Planning Committee: Records 1.27

George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives
Bowdoin College Library

Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Campus Center [Smith Union] Planning Committee: Records, 1992-1995
ID
1.27
Date
1992-1995
Extent
7.0 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Campus Center Planning Committee records. George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives. Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

The Campus Center Planning Committee, formed in 1991, oversaw the design and construction of the new student union. By 1993, $4.7 million had been appropriated for the renovation of the indoor athletic facility, the Hyde Cage, into the David Saul Smith Union. The Committee consisted of several members of the Administration, Faculty and Staff, including: Mark Wethli (Chair), David Barbour, Blythe Edwards, and William Torrey. The Committee chose Malcolm Holzman of Hardy, Holzman, and Pfeiffer (New York) and Nancy Barba of Reed and Barba (Portland) as architects for the building. The Committee's mission was to create "a building that will redefine and enrich the spirit of our community in all of its aspects--social, academic, and intellectual--for many years to come." Special consideration was given to preserve some original design features of the "Cage." This included preserving the metal rafters, clerestory windows and wood from the original track which was used as siding in the pub. The purpose of the Smith Union was to abate overcrowding at the existing student union, the Moulton Union, and to provide a "magnet" center for many student activities and services. The Committee disbanded after the Smith Union was dedicated on March 3, 1995.


Scope and Content

The collection documents the planning and construction of the David Saul Smith Union at Bowdoin College. Material includes subject files of Mark Wethli, the committee Chair, architectural plans and drawings of proposed and actual construction, and samples of materials, finishes and furnishings for the building. In addition, there is a series of minutes of meetings with the building contactors from the construction phase of the project.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

Some material restricted, consult series descriptions for specific information.


Collection Inventory

1.27.1: Subject Files, 1992-1995   1.5 linear feet.

Series Description:

Subject files of the Smith Union planning committee, headed by Mark Wethli. The materials represent correspondence of Mr. Wethli with various agencies responsible for the design and construction of Smith Union. Publicity in all its stages is also included in the folders. Dates range from 1992 to 1995, most clustering around 1992-93. The most significant topics are the design ideas hand drafted by Mr. Wethli and other committee members, letters between the committee and design/construction services, and architectural sketches.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed for 20 years from date of creation.

Box Folder
1 1

Arch. Correspondence 

1 2

Arch. Interview 

1 3

Architects References 

1 4

Arch. Selection 

1 5

Arch. Solicitation 

1 6

Arch. Design II 

1 7

ATM 

1 8

Barba Field Reports 

1 9

Bookstore '93-95 

1 10

Bookstore '92 

1 11

Bookstore Office 

1 12

Bookstore Plans 

1 13-15

Budget 5/92-6/93, 7-12/93, 1/94- 

1 16-17

Campus Center 

1 18

Campus Center Minutes and Agendas 

1 19

Campus Center Planning Group 

1 20

Campus Services 

1 21

CCC - Old Committees 

1 22

CCC - Committee Members 

1 23

CCC - Studies 

1 24-25

Clippings 

1 26

Clock 

1 27

Committee Members 

1 28

Committee Operating Exp. 

1 29-38

Communications 

1 39

Contractor's Minutes 

1 40

Correspondence 

1 41

Dedication 

1 42

Dining 

1 43-44

Documents '92-95 

2 1

Engineering 

2 2

Engineering Dispute 

2 3

Entry Design 

2 4

Environmental 

2 5

Equipment 

2 6

Field Reports 9/93-1/95 

2 7

Field Reports 9/93-8/94 

2 8

Furnishings 

2 9

Gifts 

2 10

Groundbreaking 

2 11

HHPA 

2 12

Hyde Cage - Accounting 

2 13

Letters 

2 14

[Material Not in Folder] 

2 15

Job Sign 

2 16

Millwork 

2 17-29

Minutes/Agendas 4/92-94 

2 30

Opening 

2 31

Other Schools 

2 32

Plans 

2 33

Press 

2 34

Programming 

2 35

Pub A/V 

2 36

Public Information 

2 37

[Press Kit] 

2 38

Reports 

2 39

Reports to P.P. Comm 

2 40

Schedule 

2 41

Signage 

2 42

Sun 

2 43

Survey Results 

2 44

Surveys/Suggestions 

2 45

Time Capsule 

2 46

Trees 

2 47

Wall Graphics 


1.27.2: Contractor's Minutes, 1992-1995   1.5 linear feet.

Series Description:

Contractor's minutes from the Smith Union Committee chaired by Mark Wethli. Each folder contains summaries of weekly meeting notes prepared by the contractor and are filed by month. These files also contain outlines, remarks and conclusions of the committee, working architectural and interior sketches, plans for near-future developments and initial cost estimates/quotes. Present at the meetings were members of the Campus Center Planning Committee, other Bowdoin Staff members and various contractor's and sub-contractor's representatives.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed for 20 years from date of creation.

Box Folder
1 1-16

Contractor's minutes 9/93-1/95 


1.27.3: Plans, Drawings, and Samples, 1992-199   1.0 linear feet.

Series Description:

Architectural plans and drawings, samples of molding, fabric swatches, and furniture designs.

Arrangement:

Unarranged.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Map-case Folder
D3 1

Smith Union Plans 11/1992 

D3 1

Smith Union Plans 12/10/1992 

D3 1

Smith Union Plans 1/5/1993 

D3 1

Smith Union Proposed Entrance Designs Spring 1993 

D3 1

Campus Survey 

D3 1

(4) Samples of finishes and fabrics mounted on cards 

D3 1

(2) Building sections mounted on cards 

D3 1

Student Design Group Proposals for Smith Union Wall Graphics Fall Semester, 1994 

Box
1

Molding samples 

2

Furniture designs 

2

Fabric swatches 


1.27.4: Architects Proposals, 1992   0.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

Design proposals and viewbooks from Hardy, Holtzman and Pfeiffer, Assoc. in association with Reed and Barba who were chosen as the architects of the project.

Arrangement:

Unarranged.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box
1

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and Reed & Barba Architects