Because of the growth of Minnesota State University—Mankato (MSU), the architect assisted MSU with the renovation of Memorial Library to improve workflow and enhance staff interaction. This project reconfigured the 14,000-square-foot space so that it not only meets the current needs of the facility, but also integrates flexibility into the design to ensure the COST PER SQ FT$23.58FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers will meet future needs.
The remodeled space improves the flow of materials through the working spaces of the library into the public areas. Included in the remodel were 16 new faculty and staff offices. Careful consideration was placed on window and door locations to maximize borrowed daylight from the limited amount of existing exterior windows around the perimeter. Also included in the plan were student rooms designed for today’s technology and with the flexibility to integrate future technology. The center of the space was designed to promote workflow efficiencies and interdisciplinary communications.
Staff and student response to the remodeled space has been extremely positive. The workflow has been improved dramatically, and the design of the space and finishes within it enhance the experience of faculty, staff and students.