updated: 10/15/2010 10:16:55 AM
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has completed $2.1 million worth of renovations to its main library. The new Logan Library features more study space, sound-proof student project rooms and an automated library resource catalogue system.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
October 15, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Logan Library has been located in the center of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology campus for more than 35 years. Now, the building has become an educational resource center after a recently completed $2.1 million renovation project significantly increased student study and project space, consolidated the library collection, added a coffee bar and improved the structural integrity of the campus landmark.
The renovation project is a collaboration matching student feedback with the administration’s desire to improve sustainability.
Through campus forums and surveys, students asked the administration to provide more campus study areas, especially for group projects. They also sought increased hours of availability for these types of spaces.
“We listened to our students’ wishes, studied the situation extensively, and came up with a creative and cost-effective solution,” states Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam.
After the renovation, the Logan Library now features 70 seats and six sound-proof student project rooms –- a substantial increase from the original library layout; two conference rooms; expanded facilities for the Digital Resource Center; and a coffee bar.
Other updates include a new automated library resource catalogue system, an updated current periodicals area and expanded library hours to better accommodate students’ schedules.
Building infrastructure improvements include a new roof, completely new heating/ventilation/air conditioning and electrical systems, expanded technology availability and several new sustainable design amenities. A popular new feature is a water bottle filling station, saving thousands of new plastic bottles annually. Sensors in the project rooms turn off lights when the room is not being used, providing energy cost savings, and the new carpeting on the second and third floors was created from recyclable materials.
Rob Coons, vice president and chief administrative officer, projects that the building’s new energy saving features will reduce the building’s annual energy/operating costs by an estimated 50 percent.
“We have effectively taken what many regarded as an end-of-life structure and reestablished it as a vital and functional part of campus, extending its potential useful life several decades,” Coons said.
Since its reopening, the library has become a center of educational and social activity, with the project rooms becoming popular meeting and study places. Alumni returning for Rose-Hulman’s recent homecoming were delighted to see the library changes. Several alumni stated they would have used the library more frequently if the study spaces had been available during their campus years.
Most people are also surprised to find no books on the main floor. The library’s existing book collection was consolidated and placed on the renovated third floor.
“The (renovated) building showcases how libraries are evolving into knowledge and resource centers on college campuses,” said Librarian Rachel Crowley. “The library will always be a place for books, but, through these additions, it has become much more student-friendly and student-useful.”
Logan’s Coffee Bar, operated by ARAMARK Food Services, provides specialty coffees, teas and smoothies.
The Learning Center, Homework Hotline’s Communications Center and office space are located on the basement level.
The renovation project design work was completed by architects from BSA LifeStructures, led by Rose-Hulman alumnus Sam Reed, and Maregatti Interiors, both in Indianapolis. Garmong Construction of Terre Haute was the general contractor, while Hannum, Wagle & Cline Engineering (HWCE) of Terre Haute provided engineering expertise to the project. Alumnus David Hannum is the chairman and chief executive officer of Garmong and HWCE, while alumnus Ralph Wagle is president of HWCE.
The library was named for John Logan, Rose-Hulman’s 10th president.
For more information about the Logan Library, visit the library’s website at www.rose-hulman.edu/Library or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Terre-Haute-IN/Logan-Library-Rose-Hulman-Institute-of-Technology/177961986365
Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology