Press conference featured world-renowned architect's structural design of university's first centerpiece

California State University, Channel Islands and Lord Norman Foster unveiled an architectural model for the John Spoor Broome Library and Media Center at a press conference and fund-raising dinner on Tuesday, June 5, at CSUCI's Conference Hall.

"The Broome Library and Media Center will be a place where intellect and technology will converge in the architectural masterpiece designed by Lord Foster," said J. Handel Evans, president of CSU Channel Islands.

The 260,000 square-foot library complex will feature a stunning two-story building with a glass façade merging with the original Spanish-style design of what was once the Camarillo State Hospital. The $31 million project also includes an outdoor piazza and a central conference room. Construction is slated to begin in late 2003 and completed by late 2005. The Los Angeles office of Leo A Daly is serving as Executive Architect and the Architect of Record for the Broome Library.

Lord Foster, who has the innovative ability to combine the architectural integrity of old structures with the cutting-edge concepts of the 21st century, is hailed as one of the prominent architects of his time. He was awarded the 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and has designed magnificent buildings such as the new German Parliament in Berlin, Oxford University's library and the Hong Kong International Airport.

Leo A Daly has a longstanding working relationship with the California State University, including a variety of projects at CSU Northridge from 1986 to the present. Leo A Daly is a specialist in both the design of libraries and automatic retrieval systems. The firm's most recently completed project is the state-of-the-art Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The fund-raising dinner served to attract potential donors to consider contributing to the library project and help finance the construction of the library and the expansion of the library's book collection.

Oxnard rancher and community advocate John S. Broome, the library's namesake, has already given the university its first major contribution of $5 million for the library's design and construction.

Channel Islands is the newest CSU campus and will begin accepting students as a full university in the fall of 2002. The Broome Library and Media Center are part of the campus' master plan, which includes a state-of-the art science center, to accommodate approximately 11,750 students by 2025.

It is currently under the auspices of CSU Northridge, and is the largest off-campus center in the CSU system. Enrollment includes more than 1,800 students from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and surrounding counties.

The California State University is the largest four-year university system in the country. More than 41,500 faculty and staff teach and serve 370,000 students on 23 CSU campuses and six off-campus centers extending from Humboldt in the north and San Diego in the south. Annually, about half the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded in California are from the CSU.

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Last Updated: June 06, 2001

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