San Antonio College, Moody Learning Center Renovations

San Antonio, Texas

  • FIRM

    O’Connell Robertson


    Alamo Colleges

  • AREA

    188,000 sq.ft.





Moody Learning Center is an iconic building on the San Antonio College campus. Built in 1968, the seven-story, 188,000-square-foot facility houses the main campus library, classrooms, computer labs, meeting rooms, offices, student counseling, veteran and disability outreach programs, coffee bar, technology help desk, and the campus TV studio. Designed as a building ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$90.20FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation a building, the core function of the library is located on four floors and includes rare book collections, computer labs, library administration, multipurpose rooms, individual and small group study areas, and a performance platform for poetry and prose recitations.

One of the primary reasons for the renovation was to address issues with the HVAC, elevators and escalators, electrical and information technology systems. The project was phased as funding became available, requiring building systems to remain functional while work on each floor was being completed. The project was constructed in four major phases that spanned from the original design work in 2006 to completed renovations in 2013.

Although the project began with modest system upgrades, the goals quickly evolved and expanded into creating a central campus location that encourages student interaction and collaboration. The heart of the facility became the main entry lobby on the second floor, which was increased in footprint by 40 percent from the original layout. A new coffee bar was added adjacent to the lobby to further support the goal of encouraging students to spend more time on campus. Transforming the traditional feeling of a community college as a commuter campus, the area is now a vibrant and inviting environment aligned with student needs that encourages them to make it their home.