Scottsdale Community College Library RenovationScottsdale, AZ
Design Achievement - As one of the first permanent structures to be built on the campus, respect to the original architecture was important to Scottsdale Community College. DLR Group’s design accomplished this by leaving the building’s exterior in its original state; merely touching it up with a fresh coat of paint. Blending of materials played an important role in ensuring not to distract from the existing building. With this in mind, all infilled areas were glazed; preserving the look and feel of the original design. With the desire to also increase student activity, DLR Group’s highly anticipated renovation created a scaled learning environment that ranges from flexible classrooms to large group study rooms and intimate social spaces. The entry was relocated to face a large courtyard, allowing students to enjoy the framed courtyard views while being drawn into the building through inviting, modern geometric patterns. Its location on the campus also allows the new library to double as a de facto Student Union; providing its students and visitors with abundant soft seating options, collaboration and meeting areas, along with a learning center spanning open views into the library.
Scope Summary - The scope of work expanded the library by 2,544 SF, bringing this renovated learning and research space to 33,196 SF. The program includes two collaborative learning environment classrooms, eight media-enhanced study rooms, a quiet study room, self check-out, administrative services, copy center, human resources, institutional research, outreach & recruitment, public safety, and a SOAR Classroom. DLR Group provided architecture, structural engineering, and interior design services.