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Library of the Future: Design study promotes flexible, future learning environments for mid-century modern building

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Interior sketch: Collaboration loft in the center of the existing library.

Interior sketch: Collaboration loft in the center of the existing library.

By: Kelly Brubaker

As we continue to celebrate our military servicemen and women – veteran and active-duty – this week, we wanted to highlight a project of historic significance for our country. The Library of the Future study for McDermott Library initiates a forward-looking, adaptable learning and research environment at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its recommendations rejuvenate Walter Netsch’s 59-year-old campus design vision, and position the library as the intellectual heart of The Academy.

Through a series of workshops and interviews with the Library Steering Committee and staff, Academy faculty and cadets, we developed proposals for a phased renovation and expansion of the library with partner RNL/Stantec. The study provides design solutions to revitalize the 180,000 SF McDermott Library with updated building systems and reconfigured interiors that create flexible environments in support of contemporary research, new technologies and evolving pedagogies.


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