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C of I ‘tops off’ new Cruzen-Murray Library

Rising up like a concrete and steel coliseum along Cleveland Boulevard, The College of Idaho’s new Cruzen-Murray Library is starting to resemble the sleek, 60,000-square-foot building that will be completed in late 2017.

And almost a year to the day after breaking ground on the three-story building, the College will hold a “topping off” ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, as the Kreizenbeck Constructors crew lifts the final steel beam into place. The event is open to the public.

“We’re so excited for this gem to take its spot as the gateway to our beautiful campus,” said C of I President Charlotte Borst. “By next fall, what is now only a steel shell will be teeming with students pursuing their passions and intellectual curiosities.”

The new library will stand out on the College’s historic campus with its light-infused, glass-and-steel design. The facility, designed by Phoenix-based architectural firm richärd+bauer, will include traditional holdings of books and journals, as well as private and group study areas, a 24/7 study space, multimedia classrooms, a café, and public spaces for readings, lectures and exhibitions.

The construction of the library continues a trend of campus improvements—since 2010, the C of I has remodeled Boone Science Hall; created West Hall: Center for Physician Assistant Studies; renovated Simplot Stadium and built Wolfe Field Baseball Stadium in collaboration with the City of Caldwell; constructed the new Marty Holly Athletics Center; and is currently renovating historic Voorhees and Finney Residence Halls.

The new library is named after the late Deborah Cruzen Murray and her husband, Glenn Richard Murray, Jr. Deborah was an Idaho native who supported The College of Idaho with her time, talent and treasure for many years. She also served on the C of I Board of Trustees.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit