The Miller-Hull architects, Mortenson Construction, the UW Working Group on Renovation and OUGL staff are all hard at work planning for the upcoming renovation of OUGL’s first floor and mezzanine. We have news to share with you about the plans. In order to create more user space on the first floor, the iconic staircase will be demolished this summer to be replaced by a smaller profile staircase and an open three-story atrium with a skylight. Also on the first floor will be three active learning spaces i.e., new term for hands-on classrooms with flexible furniture, multiple flat-panel display projection systems, glass panels or white boards, round tables that accommodate teams of students, and a centered teaching station that allows selection and display of table-specific information. See http://www.classroom.umn.edu/projects/alc.html for a good example of active learning classrooms.
A writing and research consultation area will be located on the first floor, west side, where reference and writing assistance will be co-located. The fins of the building (window and wall insets) will be furnished with data diners for individual or small group use. High-tech group study rooms are also planned.
The mezzanine (currently housing the Media Center) will be built out to the exterior walls on the north and south sides. Staff will have offices in the new space along with a staff conference room and open workspace areas. A small staircase is planned to go from the first floor to the mezzanine; an existing elevator will also serve the space. The third floor will be glassed in to create a more truly quiet floor.
Calendar dates that are currently set include:
June 9 — September 24, 2012: Floors 1, 2 and 3 in OUGL will be closed entirely for the summer to work on major demolition and construction. Services on the ground floor, By George Cafe, Newsstand, the Visitors Center and Husky ID Center will remain open.
June 18 — September 24, 2012: The Media Center, including staff and collections, will be housed on Suzzallo 3rd floor in the former Periodicals space. The desk will support media circulation, print reserves for the summer, and laptop check-out*. Location after the summer will be determined. *Laptops purchased in partnership with Classroom Support Services with STF funds.
September 24, 2012 — June 14, 2013: Floors 2 and 3 will be open. The computer lab, Computer Vet, reference, reserves, the Odegaard Writing and Research Center, circulation desk will all be open for business. The By George ground floor area services will also be open. The first floor will be under construction and will remain closed.
June 9, 2012 — late-summer 2013: Odegaard staff offices will be located in trailers between the library and the Henry Art Gallery, just north of the 9 Spaces, 9 Trees exhibit.
Late summer 2013: Renovation of the first floor and mezzanine will be complete; staff will move back into the building and the new spaces will be ready for use.