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JOLLIFFE HALL RENOVATION
Manhattan Christian College - Manhattan, Kansas
16,300 Square Feet
In the late 1990’s new needs and uses for Jolliffe began to emerge culminating in the plan to completely raze the interior structure - ground to sky - leaving only the historic limestone “shell.” Jolliffe houses the campus library on two floors and has a 300 seat chapel/auditorium on the first floor. All-new structural, mechanical and electrical systems bring the building up to contemporary standards. Architectural work included reuse of many of the former building’s interior features such as wood flooring and trim, decorative wood columns, and original black slate chalkboards reused as wall wainscots. A gas fireplace, faced with tiles cut from the salvaged chalkboard slate is the focal point of the library.
An addition on the south side provides space for a new grand staircase and lobby, and an elevator. It is also the primary entrance to the building, and faces inward toward the main campus. The addition is crowned with a clerestory intended to bring "light" to the campus and neighborhood.
The project received the 2011 Community Enhancement Award from the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, and was also featured in the 2011 Library Design Showcase in American Libraries magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association.