The architect initially provided a needs-assessment study for this project. The renovation design encompassed about two-thirds of the 300,000-square-foot library.
The project includes a complete redesign of reference, reserve, government documents and periodical collections, as well as redesign of the circulation and administration areas. The building retains the ASSOCIATED FIRMParkhill, Smith, & Cooper, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$65.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation of the original facility built in the 1960s. The reference room includes a mezzanine to increase usable area. Electronic signage has been provided at the circulation and reference desk. A new Teaching/Learning Technology Center intended for training faculty in the latest computer technology also was developed.
The project includes more than $3 million in new furniture. The phased renovation allowed the library to remain operating during the 36-month construction period.