When a person walks into the four-story atrium of the high-tech learning consortium, he or she has stepped into the educational icon for downtown Oklahoma City. The Ronald J. Norick Library/Learning Consortium is in the core of the downtown business community. Infusing daylight, the atrium becomes the primary focal point for this dynamic building. The cantilevered COST PER SQ FT$158.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized room offers a view to city hall and the new downtown art museum. The wedge-shaped design creates an exterior covered plaza, which has become a downtown urban public space. The atrium is designed to house a cyber cafe with open seating in the first-floor atrium. The central atrium was designed as an interior street. It serves as the primary circulation spine within the building that organizes all the interior spaces and affords dramatic downtown views framing the historic art-deco city hall.
The facility houses the library administration staff, the Downtown College Consortium and public multiuse space, which serves the Oklahoma City workforce as a business information center and the inner-city neighborhoods as a community learning center. The fourth-floor learning center is a consortium for four area universities, the Downtown College Consortium. It houses the Forum Room, which can be used for theatrical performances and seminars. Classroom space for the Downtown College Consortium, and other area colleges and universities, also is on this floor.