Bridgewater State University, Maxwell Library Lecture Hall Renovations

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

As part of a contract with Bridgewater State University (BSU), the architect conducted a feasibility study of spaces and uses within the four-story, 154,378-square-foot Maxwell Library, the main library on campus. The goal was to determine the optimum configuration and use of the overall library building and remedy existing shortfalls where possible. As a result, the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$223.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation studied alternative uses of an existing lecture hall within the library.

The existing lecture hall had several functional deficiencies and served no single purpose well, and BSU had a shortage of classrooms. The range of deficiencies included inadequate lighting, poor acoustics and outdated technology. 

The solution was to optimize and reconfigure the existing lecture hall by providing a new, smaller lecture hall, and use the remaining space to create two additional classrooms.

The renovated lecture hall now has a capacity of about 70 people and is suitable for lectures, assemblies and specialized instruction. The two classrooms that were created each have a capacity of about 30 students.