The library at Mineola High School was hidden in the center of the building, without a visible entrance, and was far from computer labs. A corridor of support offices, a faculty lounge and copy center blocked the library from the main lobby. Haphazard alterations had not apportioned space effectively in these areas.
The architect’s solution was to move the offices ASSOCIATED FIRMIntegrated Building Systems, PCCOST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers create an inviting entrance from the renovated lobby to the new media center. The lobby’s built-in benches, displays and open space now invite student gatherings.
The library was gutted and reconfigured. Stack heights were reduced, except against walls, to extend sightlines. Indirect lighting extends the new color scheme that helps unify the space.
A computer lab, activity center, service center, student lounge, film/video studio and editing lab now fan around the perimeter of the library, forming a vibrant academic space. The lounge is a favorite student area, funneling activity to the media center.
The architect reconstructed and expanded the guidance and administrative suites in a parallel corridor with a single exterior point of entry in order to control access.