The Krannert Memorial Library was originally built in 1977. In 2014, a new generation of University and library leadership determined it was vital to reenergize the building as the heart of academic life on campus, with active learning spaces, modernized study environments, and natural daylighting incorporated into the existing building.
A modest budget and the desire to perform all construction activity during the summer break in order to maintain full library functionality presented unique challenges to the project schedule.
RATIO’s design team helped the library realize their vision to reinvent several traditional service models. A reimagined service desk removes the conventional barrier between student and librarian and offers an obvious spot for specialized consultation. Carefully selected furniture encourages group study and collaboration or alternatively promotes quiet individual study.
The University’s Writing Center moved to a more accessible space on the first floor, and a new instruction/technology lab supports teamwork. Teaching instruction is also redesigned here, with a flexible lab for testing new pedagogies.