Hampered by low ceilings, poor lighting, outdated and broken furniture, and little electronic media access, the existing Central High School media center was experiencing the lowest usership of any of the five high schools within the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation. It lacked adequate workspace for faculty and staff, reading and production area for students, COST PER SQ FT$101.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers well as stack and display space for books, media and periodicals.
The newly renovated media center features a layout that focuses on the Internet and information access center. Circulation is routed between the reading area and stacks while connecting the entry/checkout to the meeting/community room. Optimal supervision is obtained as a result of careful stack orientation and height.
Mahogany trim, rich veneered furnishings, hammertone metal-based upholstered chairs and glass-block finishes were selected for their ability to create a higher-education atmosphere without sacrificing durability. Tray ceilings and light monitors provide much-needed indirect and natural light, while carefully placed recessed and pendant fixtures provide for specialized task lighting.
The success of the space has been confirmed by a significant increase in use by faculty, staff and students, as well as by other school and community groups.
“Appropriate use of lighting in a highly functional and flexible space.” 2002 Jury