A phased renovation project that will redefine and reconfigure over 75,000 SF of space in the Evans Library & Annex Complex improving the experiences of library users and the ability of staff to provide services. While spaces under construction were cordoned off, the library remained open and services will be continued in temporary locations within the building.

The purpose behind this project is to keep up with technological advances and student expectations by updating library spaces for: multi-function, multi-media and active learning spaces, providing quieter study spaces, expanding the university writing center to accommodate growth, and improving tutoring services. Developing infrastructure elements for future equipment to be added is also a vital component of this project.

Multiple University departments were involved in the planning and design of this project including: Marketing, Preservation, Writing Center and Tutoring, Learning and Outreach, Media Collections, Maps / GIS, “Ask Us” Services, Reference, Faculty and Staff, and IT departments.

Another goal of the project is to better maintain valuable collection assets through the creation of a multi-format preservation and conservation facility and reconfiguration of the Map and GIS Library collection spaces. This preservation and conservation space will provide both a lab setting for work with valuable items, and a teaching space for educating students and donors on the methods used to preserve these unique collections. 
Improvements include:

  • Service points (“Ask Us”) desks are being reconfigured to be smaller, more welcoming, and user friendly.

  • Reduced collections in order to accommodate more student space for individual study, group / collaborative study, and quiet-ish study.

  • Flexibility will be added to the space through the use of a raised access floor for power / data distribution. This infrastructure upgrade will support adding powered furniture on wheels, additional outlets, using operable partitions so that instruction rooms could be easily reconfigured to seat a capacity anywhere from 24-200 students.

  • Instruction rooms, computer labs, etc. will be available for student use when not occupied by a class. Break-out spaces will be incorporated adjacent to instruction rooms as well.

  • This building will also feature technology-rich spaces for creating podcasts, and Audio / Visual Recording based on the One-Button Studio at Penn State University. 

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BRW │ Architect of Record.

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