Adrian College, Shipman Library Addition and Renovation

Adrian, Michigan

  • FIRM

    The Collaborative Inc


    Adrian College

  • AREA

    29,000 sq.ft.





The expansion and renovation of Shipman Library on the campus of Adrian College transformed a 40-year-old functional, but nondescript library. The project is the first step in a campus renaissance, the college’s first major building project in more than a decade. It symbolizes a commitment to academic excellence.

The expanded and renovated library creates ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$93.18FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation 51,000 square feet of virtually new space. It establishes a new benchmark of quality for future campus projects.

The existing building and new addition are linked dramatically with a vaulted connector that functionally and visually unifies the entire building, while creating a major organizational space similar in character to traditional collegiate reading rooms.

The new addition is shaped to respect and enhance the pedestrian scale of the campus. It incorporates an exterior palette of limestone and masonry, which harmonizes with the two existing distinct campus-building styles.

The library has become an academic and social center, and also houses the campus’ technology center. The new Shipman Library combines the historical tradition of libraries with 21st-century technology.