Collegiate Library Learning Center
Kansas City, MO
PWA was asked to transform its 35-year old traditional library, little used by students, into an environment which would not only facilitate modern learning and research, but would also be a bright energetic space encouraging students to collaborate in groups, as well as providing a quiet space for individual research and study.
We completely redesigned the 18,000 S.F. space using a combination of 21st century tools to create a welcoming exciting resource. Using a raised floor system, it was possible to increase electrical and data capacity to allow individual and group areas to access power and internet wherever needed. Demountable wall systems were used to create sound-proofed group study pods where users could even go so far as to download study videos and handwritten notes from the smart-wall.
Precious books are still available, and are now archived in a humidity-controlled track-storage system at the south end of the Learning Commons.
The library is set out café style, with group and individual seating areas; a coffee bar, and bright colorful furnishings. To admit much needed natural light and views to the outside, PWA redesigned two external walls adding large windows, enabling students to enjoy the daylight and campus-life without sacrificing crucial study time.
Working on a very short construction schedule – the project had to be completed over the summer vacation – PWA collaborated closely with Straub Construction to realize the University’s dream to create this outstanding work center which will have a lasting impact and maintain the pace of modern society.