Delgado Community College announces the ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Marvin E. Thames Sr. Learning Resource Center at the Delgado City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans.
The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, September 18, at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
The 60,000-square-foot, $14 million facility houses the Moss Memorial Library, and it replaces a building destroyed by Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters in August 2005. The library has operated from temporary quarters since Hurricane Katrina.
Moss Memorial Library is the hub for the network of libraries in the Delgado Community College system and is an important asset to the neighboring community.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds were used to pay for the design and construction of the new Learning Resource Center. The architects were Sizeler, Thompson, Brown of New Orleans.
The naming of the new building originated with a Delgado Faculty Senate resolution of December 2011. In May 2012, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors approved naming the new Learning Resource Center in honor of the late Dr. Marvin E. Thames Sr., a former Delgado president who served the college for more than 30 years.
Thames held a variety of positions at Delgado, including service as director of the Delgado Trades School in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 1970s he served as dean and then president when Delgado transitioned from a trades school to a technical institute at the junior college level, and then from a junior college to a comprehensive community college.
Hurricane Katrina damaged beyond repair a residence on the City Park Campus that was named the Marvin E. Thames Presidential Residence, in recognition of his pivotal service to the college and community.
Delgado’s former Moss Memorial Library opened in 1965. It was named in honor of Elleonora Moss, a friend of businessman and philanthropist Isaac Delgado, the college’s founder. Moss donated funds to construct the library, which had been located inside the 1921-era Isaac Delgado Hall. The original 17,000-square-foot, single-story building was expanded twice over a five-year period, resulting in a 58,000-square-foot Learning Resource Center that housed the library, the information technology department, computer labs and a multimedia center with television production facilities.
The new Marvin E. Thames Sr. Learning Resource Center is located on the same spot where the previous facility used to be, between the Student Life Center and Isaac Delgado Hall.
For more information about the development of libraries at Delgado Community College, click here.