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Johns Hopkins University Honors Brodys with Learning Commons

Bill and Wendy Brody

Salk President William R. Brody at the groundbreaking ceremony with his wife, Wendy.

The Homewood campus of The Johns Hopkins University held a ceremony on June 6 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Brody Learning Commons, a state-of-the-art building named in honor of its former president, William R. Brody, and his wife, Wendy.

Several years in the planning, the Brody Learning Commons will be a light-filled, fourstory hub for collaborative learning, with a robust technology infrastructure and spaces for group and individual study. The building will feature a quiet reading room, a new home for the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, new laboratory and instruction space for the Department of Preservation and Conservation, and a new atrium and café.

More than 200 guests attended the groundbreaking ceremony, which was held outside the campus' Milton S. Eisenhower Library. Brody served as JHU president for 12 years before being named president of the Salk Institute in late 2008.

"Having a place where students will gather to study and learn named after us feels like we get to keep a piece of Hopkins with us forever," said Wendy Brody. The building is scheduled to be completed in July 2012.