At the University of Louisville, the expansion of the William F. Ekstrom Library was a direct response to the institution’s strategic goal of becoming a major research institution. The library enabled the school to expand its research collection while creating a teaching and learning environment with state-of-the-art classrooms and labs that enhance the ASSOCIATED FIRMHillier, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$290.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio environment.
By using a robotic retrieval system, the library condensed the amount of room required to house an additional 1.2 million volumes to 8,000 square feet—making room for a secure,
24-hour study facility, cafe snack bar and “porch,” 160-seat auditorium, ample meeting and display space, as well as the Sen. McConnell Center for Political Leadership.
This active, socially engaging library addition has become the major focal point of a beautiful park-like green on Third Street. This helps create an inviting new entrance to the campus for both the surrounding community and students living in the new residence halls built to support the population increase anticipated with the university’s research initiative.