San Jancinto College, Lee Davis Library

Pasadena, Texas




San Jacinto College


56,280 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Originally built in 1966, the Lee Davis Library at San Jacinto College needed a major renovation to keep up with the needs of modern students.
The design challenge was to preserve the building’s original Mid-Century Modern aesthetic while improving functionality and expanding the facility into a dynamic learning commons. To address structural problems, the project required complete demolition of the interior, and major MEP and technology upgrades.
• The central stair was brought into code compliance without compromising its original elegance.
• New finishes were selected to honor the original design intent and extend its significance into the 21st century.
• Fritting was added to the exterior glass to control glare and heat gain, and make the main lobby usable for events and study.
• The library interiors were designed to provide maximum flexibility for multiple layouts.
The renovation had a transformative effect on the library. It has become the heart of student activities and is host to a variety of community functions/events.
“[The] changes are already directly impacting our students’ success rates,” says Karen Blankenship, the library’s director. “It’s a dream come true.”

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Interior Renovation

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Ceilings by CertainTeed
Ceramic Tile by Roca Tile
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by Stanley
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by Schlage
Doors by VT Industries
Lighting & Accessories by Eureka
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by KI
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Haworth
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Herman Miller
Office Furniture by Haworth
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Bobrick
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Washroom Fixtures by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
Communications Systems by Panduit
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Control Devices by Siemens Building Technologies
IAQ Devices by Metalaire
Draperies/Blinds by Spring Window Fashions
Kitchen Equipment by GE
Doors by Kawneer
Insulation by Owens Corning
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Paint/Wallcoverings by Glidden
Paint/Wallcoverings by ICI Devoe
Plumbing by Elkhart
Plumbing by Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
Windows by Kawneer
Lighting & Accessories by Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lightolier
Lighting & Accessories by Prudential Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Litecontrol
Emergency Lighting by Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Lightolier
Emergency Lighting by Prudential Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Eureka
Emergency Lighting by Litecontrol
Emergency Lighting by Emergi-Lite
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Siemens Building Technologies
Locks by Best Access Systems
Card Systems by Best Access Systems
Classroom Furniture by KI
Classroom Furniture by Haworth
Computers by Dell
Library/Media Center Furniture by KI
Library/Media Center Furniture by Haworth
Library/Media Center Furniture by Herman Miller
Lounge Furniture by KI
Lounge Furniture by Haworth
Lounge Furniture by Herman Miller
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