Memphis – Christian Brothers University is responding to the changing ways that today’s students experience college and learn outside the classroom with a new Living Learning Center. To launch this Center, the Blessing of the Ground will be Friday, October 1, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. at the construction site adjacent to Pender Hall on the CBU Campus. Participating in the ceremony are the Honorable Mark Luttrell, Mayor of Shelby County; Marzie Thomas, Deputy District Director, Office of Congressman Steve Cohen; and a representative from the Office of the Honorable A C Wharton, Mayor of the City of Memphis.
Often times, the learning experiences that change the lives of students happen outside the classroom. The Living Learning Center at CBU will offer an environment uniquely designed to nurture this expectation that education happens everywhere. This new, multi-purpose Center will include premium residence hall accommodations, public spaces (Commons) on each floor for both formal and informal gatherings, fully-equipped serving kitchen, meeting room/classroom on main floor, exterior patio accessible from the Main Commons, quiet study space, game and video areas, and laundry and recycling facilities on each floor
The Center is being designed with “CBU Green” features that include electric car charging stations, recycled construction materials, occupancy sensors, lowflow toilet fixtures, and mechanical system sensors. In addition, the Center will make use of energy efficient components such as white roofing and water efficiency measures including, a 67 gallon rain barrel to collect rain to use in irrigation of nearby planting, to name just a few.
In partnership with Fleming/ Associates/Architects, P.C., and Montgomery Martin Contractors, LLC, CBU will utilize the construction of this building as a living/learning lab for its engineering students. As the project progresses, this unique partnership will allow these engineering students to utilize the Center as their laboratory for class enrichment activities; thereby, providing these student first-hand experience with the green aspects of engineering.
For persons attending the Blessing on October 1, parking for the event is available off Central Avenue in the University’s main lot. For more information on CBU’s Living Learning Center or the Blessing of the Ground, contact the Office of Advancement at (901) 321-3270. ###