The University of Indianapolis will kick off a $5.5 million overhaul to the Krannert Memorial Library Tuesday. The project includes a caf?, outdoor plaza, 24-hour study lab and glass-curtain exterior wall.
May 18, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Armed with sledgehammers, assembled dignitaries will take swings at an unfortunate wall Tuesday morning to kick off a massive renovation project at the University of Indianapolis’ Krannert Memorial Library.
The “wallbreaking” ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the library, located just east of Shelby Street and north of Hanna Avenue on the UIndy campus. Aside from the amateur demolition work, the program will include remarks from UIndy President Robert Manuel; President Emeritus Gene Sease, who led the construction of the library in 1977; Executive Vice President and Provost Deborah Balogh; library Director Matthew Shaw; and Philip Kenney, president of F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., which is managing the $5.5 million overhaul.
Designed by RATIO Architects, the new and improved Krannert Memorial Library will reopen this fall with a radically reconfigured interior geared toward maximum flexibility and digital connectivity to suit all learning styles. New features will include a caf? with food service, an outdoor plaza, a 24-hour study lab, and a glass-curtain exterior wall to provide all three upper stories of the building with natural light and views across UIndy’s central Smith Mall.
One library feature that won’t change is the set of retro-looking spherical chairs that date to the library’s original construction. Popular among students for their cozy comfort and sound-muffling capability, the so-called “egg chairs” were singled out for praise in NUVO Newsweekly’s 2007 “Best of Indy” issue. In the new design, four classic egg chairs will be joined by four new ones to continue this Greyhound tradition. Beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, prior to the wallbreaking, visitors may pose for photos in the egg chairs.
Now closed for the renovation project, the library’s interior will open for use by the start of fall classes in August. Exterior work should be completed in September, and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 3 during Homecoming festivities.
Krannert Memorial Library Wallbreaking Ceremony
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
– 10 a.m. – Egg chair photos
– 10:30 a.m. – Wallbreaking
– Reception to follow
Source: University of Indianapolis