College receives award for community improvement

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Lacey, Wash. - Saint Martin's College was a recipient of a 2001 Ron Rowe Community Improvement Award for the O'Grady Library.

The award, sponsored by the Lacey Rotary, was presented during the Rotary's annual banquet on Aug. 2.

The college library, designed by internationally renowned architect Michael Graves, was recognized for its architecture and educational services. Unique design features recognized and applauded by the organization were that the structure was compatible with the established campus and enhanced technology, creating a comprehensive learning center.

Planning for the $11.5 million library began in 1993. It was completed and formally dedicated in 2001. The building is designed to be user-friendly as much as it has been to be a place to gather infinite amounts of information. The 43,000 square foot library features technology-intensive classrooms, group study rooms, more than 70 computer stations and access to campus network and power from every desktop, carrel and study table in the library.

For more information:
Christina Ramírez-Milhoan, communications specialist
Saint Martin's College Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or