A full assessment was conducted to determine the feasibility of renovating the existing footprint of Hayden Library. A number of factors came into play in making the decision to tear down the Hayden Library.
First, the building’s location relative to the flood zone provided limitations pertaining to its current footprint and build, making a rebuild a more sound choice.
Most importantly, the building’s current structure and design results in underutilized space, and limits the ability to construct a comprehensive two-floor layout. This two-floor layout would provide much-needed space to accommodate the required square-footage to achieve everything that is going into the new structure for students and offices.
These factors led to the decision to construct a much-needed new building.
However, we will not let the Hayden Library go without remembering its place within our history. A nod to the building that stood before it, the old weathervane will return to the roofline of the new Campus Center in a cupola designed to complement the piece. In addition, two large lighting fixtures and wood paneling from the Hayden Library were salvaged and will be used in the second-floor conference room, honoring the historic charm of Tabor’s past.