In 2009, the College moved all of the library functions and personnel to a newly constructed building, leaving the former Julia Rogers library building, located at the center of the academic campus, vacant. With increasing enrollment and a need for more 21st-century learning environments, the College decided to renovate the building.
Employing the benefits of Building Information Modeling, an extensive programming effort was undertaken to determine the most effective use of the approximately 63,000 GSF of Julia Rogers to meet the many competing space needs on campus.
The renovated building provides the College with: - A new centrally located academic hub - An energy-efficient building that will achieve LEED Silver Certification at a minimum - Technology rich classrooms that have greater flexibility and functionality - Informal gathering spaces - Opportunities for more interdisciplinary learning through the establishment of cohesive departments and adjacencies between synergistic departments - More collaborative, interactive and experiential spaces - Improved handicapped accessibility to the academic quad - 77 full-time faculty offices all with access to natural light
Repurposing the building involved careful organization of the program within the restrictions of the existing library structure. The first floor was originally designed as the main occupied space of the library and has the highest floor to floor height. It accommodates the larger volume spaces for the physics and math/computer science departments. The second floor has less ceiling height than the first but the conditioning air is fed from the attic space lessening the need for ceiling height.
Renovations to the exterior envelope incorporated spray foam insulation, deep aluminum thermally broken insulated glazing, and introduction of induction units to control the interior temperature of a room. The building is serviced by all new systems and a new mechanical addition of approximately 3,000 SF, on the east wing provides the space to accommodate new air handlers and pumps.