Although the needs of students had evolved, the interior of Capital University's Blackmore Library had not. Student study space and adequate power and data connections were lacking, and the aged finishes created a dark environment.
The project vision developed by a planning committee was of a place where students can study, collaborate, access computers COST PER SQ FT$48.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation obtain help from librarians. It is a comfortable, light and bright environment with individual and group-study spaces that enable future transformations. The space is flexible and transparent, and most important, the library was designed to be a place where students, faculty and the community want to be.
The first and second floors of Blackmore Library were transformed into a new learning environment, including a new central information desk with circulation, reference and IT help; classroom spaces; cafe area with vending; group-study rooms; 24-hour access to the first floor; and new finishes and furniture.
Since completion, the renovated space already shows evidence of achieving the vision, with building use and requests for help at the information desk both increased dramatically.