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Guide to the Campus Center [Smith Union] Planning Committee Records , 1992-1995

Campus Center [Smith Union] Planning Committee: records
Bowdoin College
Date [inclusive]:
7 Linear Feet
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Access Restrictions:

Some material restricted, consult series descriptions for specific information.

Preferred Citation:

Campus Center Planning Committee: Records, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

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.

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 contractors from the construction phase of the project.

Series Description:

This series contains 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.


Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed for 20 years from date of creation.

Arch. Correspondence

box 1 folder 1

Arch. Interview

box 1 folder 2

Architects References

box 1 folder 3

Arch. Selection

box 1 folder 4

Arch. Solicitation

box 1 folder 5

Arch. Design II

box 1 folder 6


box 1 folder 7

Barba Field Reports

box 1 folder 8

Bookstore '93-95

box 1 folder 9

Bookstore '92

box 1 folder 10

Bookstore Office

box 1 folder 11

Bookstore Plans

box 1 folder 12

Budget 5/92-6/93, 7-12/93, 1/94-

box 1 folder 13-15

Campus Center

box 1 folder 16-17

Campus Center Minutes and Agendas

box 1 folder 18

Campus Center Planning Group

box 1 folder 19

Campus Services

box 1 folder 20

CCC - Old Committees

box 1 folder 21

CCC - Committee Members

box 1 folder 22

CCC - Studies

box 1 folder 23


box 1 folder 24-25


box 1 folder 26

Committee Members

box 1 folder 27

Committee Operating Exp.

box 1 folder 28


box 1 folder 29-38

Contractor's Minutes

box 1 folder 39


box 1 folder 40


box 1 folder 41


box 1 folder 42

Documents '92-95

box 1 folder 43-44


box 2 folder 1

Engineering Dispute

box 2 folder 2

Entry Design

box 2 folder 3


box 2 folder 4


box 2 folder 5

Field Reports 9/93-1/95

box 2 folder 6

Field Reports 9/93-8/94

box 2 folder 7


box 2 folder 8


box 2 folder 9


box 2 folder 10


box 2 folder 11

Hyde Cage - Accounting

box 2 folder 12


box 2 folder 13

[Material Not in Folder]

box 2 folder 14

Job Sign

box 2 folder 15


box 2 folder 16

Minutes/Agendas 4/92-94

box 2 folder 17-29


box 2 folder 30

Other Schools

box 2 folder 31


box 2 folder 32


box 2 folder 33


box 2 folder 34

Pub A/V

box 2 folder 35

Public Information

box 2 folder 36

[Press Kit]

box 2 folder 37


box 2 folder 38

Reports to P.P. Comm

box 2 folder 39


box 2 folder 40


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box 2 folder 42

Survey Results

box 2 folder 43


box 2 folder 44

Time Capsule

box 2 folder 45


box 2 folder 46

Wall Graphics

box 2 folder 47

Series Description:

This series contains 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.


Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

Closed for 20 years from date of creation.

Contractor's minutes 9/93-1/95

box 1 folder 1-16

Series Description:

This series contains architectural plans and drawings, samples of molding, fabric swatches, and furniture designs.



Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Smith Union Plans 11/1992

map-case D3 folder 1

Smith Union Plans 12/10/1992

map-case D3 folder 1

Smith Union Plans 1/5/1993

map-case D3 folder 1

Smith Union Proposed Entrance Designs Spring 1993

map-case D3 folder 1

Campus Survey

map-case D3 folder 1

(4) Samples of finishes and fabrics mounted on cards

map-case D3 folder 1

(2) Building sections mounted on cards

map-case D3 folder 1

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

map-case D3 folder 1

Molding samples

box 1

Furniture designs

box 2

Fabric swatches

box 2

Series Description:

This series contains 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.



Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and Reed & Barba Architects

box 1