By Morgan Eichensehr
July 7, 2021
Stevenson University is building a $16 million library on its Owings Mills North Campus, named for a Maryland businessman and inventor whose foundation contributed one of the largest ever gifts to the school.
The 42,000-square-foot library will be named for Philip A. Zaffere, who passed away in 2016. A $2 million donation from the foundation named for Zaffere, gifted to Stevenson early last year, is helping to fund the new facility. A $2.9 million capital grant from the state is also being used to support construction.
The university said the new building will complement Stevenson’s existing hub of academic buildings on the Owings Mills North Campus, which include a 200,000-square-foot center named for former Stevenson President Kevin J. Manning, the school’s largest academic building to date. The library will add new space for research, study and collaboration among faculty and students, as well as a courtyard for gatherings, and other spaces for academic, social and cultural events. Stevenson has three libraries currently: one on the Greenspring campus and two on the Owings Mills campus.
John Buettner, Vice President of Marketing and Digital Communications at Stevenson, said site preparation for the new library will begin in August and building construction will begin by December. The new facility is expected to be completed by summer 2023.
In addition to this project, Stevenson is currently completing the redevelopment of the over 100-acre site that was formerly home to the Rosewood Hospital Center. That site will become the school’s Owings Mills East Campus, and will hold athletic fields and facilities to support Stevenson’s various D3 sports programs such as soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, track and field, softball and baseball, as well as club and intramural sports.
Source: Baltimore Business Journal