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Houston, Texas

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McGovern Rare Books Room

This project is based on a complete interior update and renovation of a 76,000 SF medical research library located in the center of a vast medical campus surrounded by hospital and educational facilities affiliated with the University of Texas, Baylor College, Rice University, Texas Southern University, Texas Women’s University, and the Houston Academy of Medicine.

The challenge was to design a space that is used by students, doctors, professors, administrators, and visitors. Main priorities for the Library centered around creating flexible and collaborative work areas with varying degrees of social interaction and privacy while accommodating the latest in changing technology.

The Library has decided to reduce their print media collection by 70% allowing for the development of collaborative learning and study spaces, social seating areas, flexible seminar rooms, a 24 / 7 collaboration area, and improved staff work and service areas. The TMC Library also has a partnership with the Harris Public Library and a portion of the first floor includes a small collection from their library system.

The first two phases of this multi-phase project are complete. The relocation and renovation of the McGovern Rare Books Room and the development of a 24/7 Cafe & Study Area in a portion of the first floor of the library. The McGovern Rare Books Room contains a collection of rare and valuable materials in a secure and environmentally controlled space.

Additional phased renovations are in design and are being balanced between fundraising support and other entities that share this building with the Library. Once fully completed, this project will be seeking LEED Certification for Commercial Interiors.

HBM │ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer

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