Central Baptist College To Build $4M Library

Central Baptist College of Conway expects to construct a new library building in 2013, diverging from plans to renovate the private school’s existing library facility. The estimated cost of the new building is $4 million.

An unidentified donor’s $1.3 million gift in November permitted the school to upgrade its library plans, said CBC spokeswoman Deanna Ott.

“The consensus from every standpoint was new construction, if possible, was clearly a preferable approach and the most efficient use of our resources,” college President Terry Kimbrow said in a press release.

The existing 12,000-SF library and administrative building on College Avenue was built in 1969. The old building will be demolished early in 2013, possibly in February, and the new facility will be constructed on the same site, Ott said.

The new library will be two stories and about 16,000 SF. Sowell Architects in Conway is the project architect, and Clark Contractors of Little Rock is building the facility.