The University of Illinois, seeking to enhance the resources available to its nationally-recognized structural engineering program, planned to build a new engineering library that would house classrooms, multimedia labs and research space.
The Grainger Engineering Library’s contextual classical architecture reflects the traditional design found on the University of Illinois’ campus. Its structural engineering plays a major part in the design of the interior, particularly appropriate in view of the library’s users.
The facility houses an array of cutting-edge computer and multimedia laboratories, instructional spaces and electronic classrooms.
Features of the space include a Communications Skills Laboratory, an electronic version of the traditional “writers workshop”; Instructional Services Laboratories, where librarians teach students how to use library resources and technologies; the Computer and Multimedia Laboratory, which incorporates multiple networks and digital text facilities for learning and research; the Digital Imaging Lab, dedicated to the development of multimedia software for video imagery; and the Information Retrieval Research Laboratory.
The facility constitutes part of the University of Illinois’ Library, the second-largest academic library in the country and a notable ARL Member Library.
K. Huse prior experience.