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Library Renovation Garners $7 Million in Foundation Grants

Colorado College has received grants of $5 million from Inasmuch Foundation and $2 million from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation to support the renovation and expansion of the college’s library, which could break ground as early as spring 2016.

“We’re thrilled that Inasmuch Foundation and the Johnson Foundation have made significant grants to our library renovation — a project at the heart of Colorado College’s academic mission,” said Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler.

The renovation and expansion of Tutt Library, originally built in 1962, will more than double the amount of seating for Colorado College students, create more spaces for collaborative learning, integrate and expand technology, and include a café with indoor and outdoor space. It also will allow for significantly more natural light to enter the building, create outdoor terraces with dramatic westward views, and add a fourth floor and approximately 20,000 additional square feet.

Inasmuch Foundation previously provided $10 million for Colorado College’s Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, completed in 2008 as a space for innovative, experimental, and collaborative projects.

The $2 million gift from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson family foundation will provide new space for the college’s geographic information systems (GIS) laboratory, which will be located on the first floor of the library. In addition to this most recent gift, the foundation has provided CC with more than $3 million in support over the past 38 years.

The college has a $25 million fundraising goal for the expansion and renovation of the library. To date, $12 million has been raised for the project.

“We’re extremely grateful to Inasmuch Foundation and the Johnson Foundation for their support of this important project,” President Tiefenthaler said. “Their gifts, and the other gifts we’ve received to date have come during a critical phase of this project. We’ll begin construction as soon as we reach $18 million in private support, which might be as early as May 2016.

“Both foundations have long-standing ties to CC and without partnerships like these we simply would not be able to provide the high quality, personalized, and immersive education that are defining characteristics of the college,” she said. See the press release here.