Ferris State University, Library for Information, Technology and Education

Big Rapids, Michigan

The Ferris State University, Library for Information, Technology and Education (FLITE) is positioned at the center of the campus. It acts as a social and intellectual commons, and a shared cultural space for the university and larger community.

The high-tech facility combines a traditional print library with a digital information library and a technology ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMGwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects LLCCAPACITY1,310COST PER SQ FT$215.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio center. The building’s informal study court can stay open for extended hours when the library is closed, and offers food service and electronic hookups for personal computers.

FLITES’s function extends beyond its services to provide an architectural and symbolic center to a campus that had been lacking both. The building site became the impetus for a complete reconsideration of campus circulation and arrival systems, and the spatial relationships among the university’s component parts. The conversion of the centrally situated parking lot to campus green extended the new “heart” of the university.