Northwest Nazarene University will break ground Friday a $10 million multifunctional building called The Learning Commons.
The new facility will augment the current two-story John E. Riley Library for a comprehensive 56,635 square-foot-facility that will house the library’s traditional book and periodical collections and a variety of spaces including group study rooms, a quiet reading room, a study space with secured access and individual and collaborative computer workstations. NNU’s network data center and academic services units also will be located in the new facility.
A groundbreaking will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8 on the corner of Dewey and Holly streets.
Construction is scheduled for completion fall 2014.
“The NNU Learning Commons will soon become the academic hub of the campus, not only incorporating traditional library services, but expanding its role and function to include advances in technologically assisted learning and collaborative educational experiences,” said NNU President David Alexander in a press release.
The $10 million project is funded by a $6 million gift from alumna Leah Peterson and a $4 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.
Additional funding from the Albertson Foundation is being used to develop a Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, which will also be housed in the Learning Commons. This center will focus on preparing future teachers for the 21st century, training of current teachers (pre-kindergarten to college) and administrators and equipping NNU faculty to bring technology into their teaching.
Northwest Nazarene University, a nonprofit Christian university located at 623 S University Boulevard in Nampa, Idaho, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 90-acre Nampa campus, NNU also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. For more information, go to www.nnu.edu.