Monninger Center Open House
An open house was held at the John and Joan Monninger Center for
Learning and Research on January 31 at the College at Florham to
introduce the University to the new building and area.
20,000 square feet of new construction and 7,500 square feet of
renovations to the original library building and Orangerie, the center
houses the College Writing Program, the Academic Support Center, library
services, six classrooms, space for studying and tutoring and two
lounges. The lounge furniture is wired with electricity and has pop-up
outlets in the tables.
|Left photo: The main entrance of the Monninger Center.
Center photo: The FDU seal is etched on the Monninger Center lobby floor.
Right photo: The reference library/circulation room.
ground floor consists of a large lounge looking out of a two-story wall
of windows facing the Student Center. Around this lounge area are
several classrooms, including two smart classrooms and a 90-seat lecture
hall. The smart classrooms have the capability to record and archive
class sessions and have 80-inch touch-panel monitors that also double as
whiteboards that can store information. The lecture hall, one of the
largest classrooms on campus, has a 180-inch screen (made up of nine
60-inch flat-panel monitors) and a state-of-the-art Crestron control
second level has a smaller lounge area overlooking the glass window. The
office suites off the lounge area are for college writing and the
Academic Support Center. The main entrance of the Monninger Center opens
onto the second floor.
Environmentally friendly features
include a 20-kilowatt solar panel on the roof and highly efficient
windows, insulation materials, HVAC system and boiler. The Venetian
blind-style sunshades on the window wall automatically open and close
depending on the temperature inside and out. The building is expected to
receive LEED certification later this year. In addition, there are two
bike racks for those who wish to bicycle around campus, and two showers
for those who wish to clean-up before class or work.
|Areas in the Monninger Center include, from left, meeting rooms, community study area and a classroom.
renovated Orangerie has new lighting, new media presentation
capabilities, new furniture and new study areas. An all-new
reference/circulation room replaces the old reference room, and a new
office suite replaces the old circulation room.
information go to http:/inside.fdu/features/insidemonningercenter.html .
To visit the Monninger Construction Webcam go to http://www.fdu.edu/webresources/webcam3.html .