The collegiate concept of a library has slowly evolved to be the academic center of a school, the heart of the campus or the social hub of a community. With this in mind, we have adapted these principles and applied them to our designs to create a space for students to interact and learn. Building on our experience of creating vibrant social hubs in student unions and other quality of life markets, we understand how today’s students learn, how teachers educate, and how to design environments that facilitate active learning so everyone realizes their fullest potential. We also understand the evolution of information. Libraries are now a one-stop-shop for a variety of services such as research, academic excellence, digital media creation and editing as well as interview preparation. Common spaces create easy access to a full range of resources to meet the needs of each.
Posner Center is a one-story, concrete structure with a rooftop sculpture garden and is designed for the storage and display of the Posner Rare Books Collection. In addition to a large display lobby that focuses on the collection, the building houses a large conference room with seating for 82 persons in a board room setting as well as additional seating to accommodate a total of 100 persons.
Group collaboration rooms, a group workstation area, a general classroom that doubles as a computer lab, circulation desk, perimeter lounge areas and a new library staff office suite have totally transformed and re-energized this aging library.
University Park, PA