Project Mission – The project consisted of a facility re-envisioning from an under-utilized and outdated library environment into a forward-thinking, flexible library of the future which acts as an Intellectual and social hub for the campus and outward community. The renovation encompassed all 22,380 square feet on both floors of the existing facility as well as an iconic entry tower, elevated terrace, and illuminated obelisk, creating a new exterior identity.
Sense of Arrival – One of the more drastic modifications to the existing building was to create a 30’x30’ atrium opening on the second floor. This allowed for visual and physical interactions between the more social/active second-floor space with the resource/educational first-floor space. A glass guardrail at the opening and a glass valence at the ceiling worked together to define a “room within a room” that existed in the atrium space. Illuminated by the new skylight and perimeter LED lighting, the result of this design strategy was a dramatic expression of light, color, and reflection that defined the main entrance.
Activating Circulation – Rather than approaching the vertical circulation in a traditional utilitarian manner, the strategy was to see it as a design opportunity to make it more experiential. From the historic oak grove to the front door, the vertical circulation was designed to double as a forum stair and experiential device. Both interior and exterior stairs were activated by creating opportunities for occupants to relax, socialize, or study. Stair landings act as study areas, which allow good dynamic views to surrounding spaces. Tech Bars also allow for views to the study areas.