Marietta College gathers input for new student center

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Marietta College hosted a series of public meetings to gather input for building its new student center Thursday.

Noor Architects, the firm out of Philadelphia hired for the planning of the new facility, is running a series of focus groups Thursday and Friday at the Gathering Place on campus.

The firm hopes to learn more about what students, faculty and the community want to see in the new building.

"To solicit ideas about the new student center building," Noor representative Ray Maggi said, "and discover what their preferences and thoughts are about design aesthetic on the interior and exterior of the building."

"One of the hopes for this facility is that it's a facility that can be used by folks in the community," Buckeye Hills Regional Council development director Bret Allphin said, "for events, for meetings, for other things that are important to folks that are not just students, that are not just faculty, or not just academics."

The new planned student center is just one piece of the college's capital improvement plans for the next five to 10 years.