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Newest academic building Pollard Hall dedicated at Flagler

August 21, 2014 4:00 PM
By Zach Thomas
Pollard Hall, Flagler's newest academic building, was dedicated Aug. 21.

Photos of the Pollard Hall Dedication 

Photos of the Pollard Hall Open House

Flagler College dedicated Pollard Hall on Thursday — the first all-academic new structure constructed on campus since the Proctor Library in 1996.

"The dedication of an academic building always generates a lot of excitement on a college campus," said Flagler President William T. Abare Jr. at the dedication and ribbon-cutting. "The importance of having first-rate facilities and state-of-the-art equipment for students cannot be overstated."

The 18,600 square-foot Pollard Hall on Cordova Street replaces the college’s former Communication Building that once sat on the site. Actually three inter-connected buildings, the Pollard complex is designed to fit in with St. Augustine’s historic Spanish architecture.

The building will house the Communication Department, as well as other academic classes and functions, including the college’s First Year Experience program and director.

Pollard Hall features nine classrooms, five offices, a state-of-the-art television studio and multiple common areas for students to work and socialize.

On Friday, the dozens of community members took advantage of an open house to tour the new facility.

“I’m really quite impressed. The classrooms look fantastic. The technology these students will have access to. It’s amazing,” said Michaele O'Neill, owner of the Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast.” Cuna Street is going to be the best looking street in town.”

The excitement was even more so for those who will use the building on a daily basis.

Sophomore communication student Christina Von Claparede-Crola couldn’t get over all of the details involved in the new facility.

“Even the desks,” she said. “Everything in here is so cool.”

Sophomore Courtney Crum said she couldn’t wait to take her first class in Pollard when classes begin next week.

“It’s just so pretty in here,” she said. “It’s really awesome.”

Nelson Pollard, a member of the college’s inaugural co-educational class of 1972, provided the lead gift for the construction of the new academic building, continuing his family’s support of the college.

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust also provided a $1.5 million challenge grant that requires one-to-one matching for fulfillment. Numerous other individuals have contributed, and Abare said the college has already raised $1.4 million to match the Kenan Trust grant. 

To learn more about the Pollard Hall campaign, click here.

Watch videos of the Pollard Hall Dedication and open house.