Bay Shore High School, Library/Media Center Renovation

Bay Shore, New York

The Bay Shore High School library/media center renovation was the showcase and culminating design in a districtwide program that renovated all the libraries and media centers in the district.

The challenge facing the design team was to transform the dimly lighted, cluttered and poorly organized space into a fully modernized facility. The design solution created a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$148.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers layout that centrally located the circulation/checkout desk and new main entry doors. These core plan changes provided for optimal supervision and control over all library activities. The new floor plan reorganized instructional areas for classes and demonstrations, and provided new areas for individual student technology stations, which include Internet, electronic card catalog and reference database access.

The finishes of the interior moldings and furnishings are of rich cherry-wood veneers and brushed metal. These were selected specifically to achieve the higher-education atmosphere, which permeates the entire space. This sense of place is most accentuated at the quiet study and reading areas. The design was carefully detailed to intertwine the horizontal and vertical spatial volumes with the use of natural and artificial lighting. All the mechanical, electrical and security systems for the library were fully upgraded, and the space is now fully air-conditioned.