Springfield College, Harold C. Smith Learning Commons

Springfield, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    ICON Architecture


    Springfield College

  • AREA

    57,000 sq.ft.





Design team: Lombardi Design, Inc. (Landscape Architect), Lim Consultants, Inc. (Structural Engineer), Vantage Technology (Audiovisual Consultant), Arup Engineers (MEP Engineer), Green International Affiliates, Inc. (Civil Engineer)

Transforming the existing library, a 1971 Brutalist-style concrete-and-brick building, into a modern learning commons meant ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY630COST PER SQ FT$297.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation turning the facility inside out. Creating a vibrant place for students required overcoming the problems of a rigid structure with a deep building footprint, little daylight and numerous building systems challenges.
The building has been transformed into a naturally lighted student-centered academic hub during the day and a luminous campus beacon at night.
The first floor of the Learning Commons houses a 24-hour reading room with information and technology services desks and a café. New floor openings and a monumental stair give access to the second-floor Hub, and a dynamically illuminated light wall rises through both floors.
The second floor is home to the Hub lounge, open study space, a technology-rich presentation space called The Forum, and research consultation, digital media workstations and offices. On floors three and four, offices and classrooms are surrounded by study spaces at the perimeter windows. Featuring the traditional Karpovich Reading Room, the fourth floor is a quiet study destination.