Interfaith center is named in honor of President Machtley and wife, Kati
October 8th, 2010
"Naming a building for a sitting president and his wife is not a traditional step for a university to take. ... Our Board, however, was unanimous in wanting to recognize Ron and Kati's distinguished service at this time." — Thomas A. Taylor '63
"This dedication recognizes nearly 15 years of leadership and the Board's anticipation of [the Machtleys'] continued service." — Michael E. Fisher '67
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - The Bryant University Board of Trustees today honored President Ronald K. Machtley and his wife, Kati, by dedicating Bryant's award-winning Interfaith Center in their names. (Watch a webcast of the event.)
"Naming a building for a sitting president and his wife is not a traditional step for a university to take," said Thomas A. Taylor '63, former chairman of Bryant's Board of Trustees and currently an active honorary trustee. "All too often universities wait until after a president has departed. Our Board, however, was unanimous in wanting to recognize Ron and Kati's distinguished service at this time. They have accomplished so much in advancing Bryant during their 14 years of leadership, and we felt that naming Bryant's stunning Interfaith Center in their honor was especially in keeping with their faith and character."
"Placing Ron and Kati Machtley's names on the Interfaith Center, a landmark nondenominational spiritual facility, serves as an enduring tribute to the pivotal contributions they have made to Bryant," said Michael E. Fisher '67, chairman of the University's Board of Trustees. "Their guidance dramatically transformed the Bryant campus with the addition of the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology, the Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center, and the Interfaith Center - an arc of buildings that symbolize the education of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. This dedication recognizes nearly 15 years of leadership and the Board's anticipation of their continued service."
Designed by the internationally-renown architectural firm Gwathmey Siegal & Associates, which also designed the Bello Center, the 10,000-square-foot Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center provides the University and its visitors a place of worship, reflection and gathering.
About the Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center
- Construction began in the summer of 2008; the building opened for services in September 2009.
- The center's 10,000 square feet houses a main worship area that seats approximately 200; an adjacent circular room for daily services, personal reflection and smaller gatherings; and a multi-purpose room.
- The building incorporates three symbols common to most, if not all religions - light, water and the eternal circle. The words "In the Beginning" are spelled out in six languages - Hebrew, Latin, English, Greek, Sanskrit and Arabic - providing a circular border in the main worship area.
- The center is the recipient of a 2010 Honor Design Award from Faith & Form magazine/The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture.
- For its use of sustainable materials, the project received a Building of America Award from Construction Communications magazine.