Construction on the new Library-Learning Resources Center is moving forward with the foundation and walls for the lower level in place.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the center were held in Turner Auditorium on Wednesday, May 3, 1972, at 10:00 a.m., because of the weather conditions, Dr. Harold Cole, alumnus and General Secretary-Treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention led the six representatives of the college in manning the golden shovels in the huge sandbox.

The contract was signed on Friday, June 23, 1972, for $678,855 with Sherman Construction Company of Greenville to build the new library. This marked another major milestone in the history of North Greenville. The contract was presented by Stanley B. Duffies, vice president of Piedmont Engineers, Architects and Planners of Greenville, and R. Carroll Poole represented Sherman.

North Greenville President, Harold E. Lindsey said “the signing culminates 22 months work. I feel that it was an arrow pointing to the direction we wanted to go,” he said. “It will be a library that will insure growth and quality for a long time.”

The total projected cost of the Learning Center is $859,000 including movable equipment. Construction began on July 10 and the new facility is scheduled to open by the fall of 1973. This will mark the first time in the 80-year history of the school that the library will be housed in its own building.

Two faculty houses have been constructed on the campus and five parking areas paved during the summer as landscaping projects continue to improve the appearance and usefulness of the campus.

Printed in the Fall 1972 Issue of the North Greenville College Alumni News.

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