Inspired by Williams’ effect on the lives of their sons and fellow students—and by their deep admiration for Morty Schapiro’s Williams presidency—the Hollanders funded the building’s construction several years ago with one of the largest gifts to The Williams Campaign (and the largest gift by nonalumni parents). At the time they requested that their contribution remain anonymous until their sons’ graduation.
“Looking at the master plan, we saw that the north academic building is at the center of what Williams aims to accomplish for the humanities and social sciences, including the planned new library,” says Rich Hollander. “We’re delighted to support facilities that strengthen bonds between Williams students and their great professors.”
President Adam Falk celebrated “the extraordinary teaching and learning that Hollander Hall makes possible” with its classrooms, language facilities, archaeology lab, offices that can accommodate tutorials and gathering spaces that encourage spontaneous student-faculty conversations. “All of these advance the kind of activities that lie at the heart of our community of learning,” he said. “I deeply thank the Hollanders for this truly transforming gift to Williams.”
Hollander Hall and Schapiro Hall to the south also reflect the College’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Both buildings received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status.