New Year, New Look

A new campus bookstore and a new home for the Child Development and Student Research Center are set to open early next year.

Hume House (left) and the campus bookstore (right) Hume House (left) and the campus bookstore (right) When students return from winter break in early January, the west side of Rollins’ campus will have a noticeable new look. Here’s an update on two major construction projects nearing completion—and a sneak peek at a third that will get underway soon.

Hume House

Almost a year after adorable pre-K students—wearing yellow hard hats and wielding toy shovels—broke ground at the corner of Holt and New York avenues, Hume House is scheduled to open in early 2017.

The 5,050-square-foot facility is the new home of Rollins’ Child Development and Student Research Center (CDC), a laboratory preschool for the Department of Psychology that creates opportunities for research and learning with undergraduate students, children ages 2 to 5, and faculty of the College.

Hume House replaces a building that had housed the CDC since 1987. The new facility includes three children’s classrooms, a full undergraduate classroom, and expanded office and research space.

Rendering of Hume House Child Development and Student Research Center (CDC). Rendering of Hume House Child Development and Student Research Center (CDC).

Campus Bookstore

Books, not beer, will now be on tap at 200 W. Fairbanks Avenue. The property’s tin-roof building, which most recently housed Frank & Steins and Shipyard Brew Pub, will now play host to the campus bookstore.

Set to open by the beginning of the spring semester, the bookstore will also offer spirit gear, online books, snacks, and other Rollins-branded items. Eventually, a landscaped walkway will connect the campus with the bookstore and other Rollins properties along Fairbanks Avenue.

Rendering of the new book store. Rendering of the new book store.

Rice Family Events Pavilion

On the site of the old bookstore, the Rice Family Events Pavilion will become the campus’ premier location for events, meetings, and receptions. Presently in the design phase, the pavilion is expected to accommodate more than 250 people for sit-down dinners, 350 for lectures or receptions, and nearly 500 for cocktail parties. By comparison, the Galloway Room, currently the campus’ largest events space, holds 96 for dinner and 120 for a reception.

At approximately 10,000 square feet, the pavilion will have a catering kitchen and the flexibility to host student organizations, private functions, community gatherings, and more. Planners are working to finalize a construction timetable.