Renovations at D.H. Hill win recognition in annual design review

March 19, 2012
By Bill Krueger

al-silent-reading-room1A facelift for the west wing of D.H. Hill Library has received rave reviews in the prestigious Library Design Showcase 2012.

The annual design review, conducted by the magazine of the American Library Association, recognizes “the best in new and renovated library facilities.” D.H. Hill got high marks in three categories: The Outdoor Library, Technology Enabled Spaces and Collaborative Learning.

The renovation transformed an area in the west wing that had housed print periodicals and traditional seating into a 13,600-square foot area that encourages collaboration and enables students and other researchers to take advantage of the latest technologies.

Specific spaces recognized by the design review were the Technology Sandbox, which provides users with a taste of the technology that will be available in the new Hunt Library; an outdoor terrace that has seating for 70 with power outlets around the entire space; and a silent reading room that provides 70 spaces for quiet study.

The renovation will be featured in the March/April edition of American Libraries magazine.

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