Campus News

July 19, 2010

Campus hot spot opens

When the campus bookstore opens July 21, the new Oxford Road building will be complete. The facility offers something for almost everyone at Emory – and for prospective students who want to attend Emory.

The new structure is located behind the Mathematics and Science Building and the Boisfeuillet Jones Building. It houses undergraduate admissions offices, a Barnes & Noble bookstore and a Starbucks coffee shop.

Bridging the space between the new building and the B. Jones building is a visitor parking deck covered by a scenic “green roof” and courtyard.  Earlier this year, the landscaped plaza was named the Anne Register Jones Courtyard in honor of the wife of Boisfeuillet Jones and the mother of Emory trustee, Laura Hardman ’67C.

“This facility will be an active area that encourages contact between current students, prospective students, faculty and staff,” says Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration.  “The building provides a collegiate, welcoming first impression for prospective students and their families.”

Just a few steps off the courtyard, visitors and the Emory community can relax in the comfort of a new campus ‘living room,’ an expansive space with a fireplace, overstuffed seating and views of the Baker Woodlands.

“These spaces are designed to facilitate additional opportunities for interaction for faculty and students in a more casual setting and to foster the ad hoc intellectual energy so wonderfully inherent on university campuses,” says Mandl.

According to Bruce Covey, who manages bookstore operations, the new Barnes & Noble bookstore will offer an increase in titles, Emory merchandise and product offerings for customers. The new bookstore consolidates three previous facilities — the main bookstore located in the DUC, the medical bookstore and the Druid Hills bookstore — into one.

Expect to see a large increase in pedestrian and bicycle activity on this part of campus, according to Jen Fabrick, campus architect.

“The building was designed to provide important functional services for the University, but also to provide an active interface between Emory’s campus and the surrounding community,” says Fabrick.  “We think the coffee shop and campus bookstore will generate a hub of activity on the west side of campus, near the shops in Emory Village.”

Visitor parking is available in the Oxford Road Building parking deck at Emory’s standard rate ($2/hour; maximum $10/day).  Parking fees apply between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Oxford Road building was constructed in anticipation of achieving LEED Silver designation from the U.S. Green Building Council, and is consistent with Emory’s LEED building policies and its Sustainability Initiatives.

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