Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-08-05

Samford University has received a Gold Citation Award for Excellence in Educational Design in 1999 juried competition sponsored by American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.

The Samford library renovation is among the top four projects to be profiled in the August issue of the national publication. The magazine will feature the project with color photos and accompanying article.

According to information from the publication, the featured projects exhibit the most superior features and depict the very best in educational design excellence.

Judges cited the Samford project for its excellent use of color, technology with lamp plugs, lighting, staircase, creative design for laptop access and its "great sense of place--library look."

The interior renovation was designed by the Birmingham firm of Ritchey & Associates. Architectural design was by the firm of Woollen, Molzan and Partners, Indianapolis, Ind.

Completed last year, the eight-month, $6 million renovation features a grand staircase of black granite steps and brass handrails, appropriate wiring for computer network access and ample study and meeting areas.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.