Butler Library is a 3 story above-grade building that was originally constructed in 1951. It has 1 floor below grade. From 1966 to 1970 a large addition was constructed around the 1951 footprint resulting in a final 215,259 gross square foot building.
In recent years, the Library has been continually transformed from a traditional library to 24-hour study quads, writing center, group study areas, and technology-based study. This project seeks to further the transformation by reconfiguring parts of the first, second and a minor area of the third floor to accommodate the “Academic Achievement Center” (ACC), technology support for students, and a reimaged Information Commons. The AAC brings together offices with a diverse set of missions, each providing assistance to students as they seek to fulfill their academic potential and graduate in the timeliest manner. The AAC would include tutoring, academic advising, Writing Help Center, and Disability Services with a variety of shared spaces for testing, and individual and group tutoring/advising space. The goal is to create a “one-stop-shop” for all academic needs for students.
In addition to programmatic goals, critical maintenance needs will be addressed in the project area that would include hazardous material removal, new mechanical systems for ventilation and air conditioning, electrical and data distribution upgrades, window replacements, finish upgrades and a reconfigured vestibule.
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