Florida Gulf Coast University, Library/Administration Building

Fort Myers, Florida

  • FIRM



    State of Florida, Board of Regents

  • AREA

    51,309 sq.ft.





With more than 50,000 square feet of space, the Library/Administration Building serves as the flagship of the campus’ learning environment, featuring electronic communications networking. Students enter the facility through the three-story atrium to relax and study in the two-story reading room.

The facility is organized around a central corridor that soars to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$76.30FEATURED IN1999 Educational Interiors1999 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers 21/2-story clerestory, flooding the building with natural light. Energy-efficient indirect lighting is reflected upon the ceiling of the clerestory and recessed above individual workstations. This creates even lighting throughout the facility, reducing glare and resulting in a more relaxed work environment.

To promote student access to literature in both print and electronic media, the library was designed with an initial stack space for more than 100,000 volumes. Students are encouraged to access telecommunication resources from the multimedia research area, which is equipped for Internet research and accessing CD ROM-based materials.

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