For President Pamela Gann, the new facility also will embody an important philosophical view of athletics and education that has existed at CMC from the very beginning.
"There's a balance between sports and our educational mission," she explains. "Our experiences on the field and in the gym bring us together and push us to excel and challenge ourselves. The Roberts Pavilion will enrich the experience of not only student-athletes but also our entire community."
The Roberts Pavilion will include areas for campus gatherings, a fitness center, recreational gym, weight room and locker rooms. The main arena can be reconfigured as an event center with a seating capacity of about 2,000. This will provide the College with a generous venue for hosting important community events featuring world-renowned speakers.
The Pavilion's distinctive architectural design – which emphasizes open, light-filled spaces – will include sustainable design elements, such as storm water filtration and a solar hot water system, in order to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.
"We want a facility that everyone can use, a building that's integrated into the life of the College," says Trustee
'67, vice chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. "The Roberts Pavilion will be a superb result of that vision."
Along with a superb result, the Roberts' gift is also another highpoint in an impressive year of achievements for the Campaign.
This year the Campaign's overall success can be attributed to many factors, reports the Office of Advancement. In particular, grass-roots initiatives like the Crown Challenge (a matching gift program created by Trustee
'74) used a simple, highly effective three-word message to energize giving in the alumni community.
Every dollar counts.
Large gifts continued to play a central role as well. This year the College celebrated the fifth anniversary of
's '65 P'12 spectacular
gift to establish premier training in economics, finance and accounting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Kravis Center also opened its doors and became fully operational during the 2011-2012 academic year. Named for Trustee
Henry R. Kravis
'67, the Kravis Center has given an important architectural profile to the northwest section of campus, while the Roberts Pavilion will supply another at its south end.
Roberts' philanthropy already touches many facets of the College's life. The matching gift program known as the Roberts Challenge served as the catalyst for the endowment of 27 faculty chairs, which was completed this year. Roberts has also supported construction of two academic buildings, Roberts North and Roberts South, as well as the founding of the Roberts Environmental Center.