University of Nebraska C.Y. Thompson Library RenovationHoldrege St
Lincoln, NE 68503
Design Narrative - The C.Y. Thompson Library renovation redefines the library from a place of quiet study and information storage to an interactive student gathering place that is a beacon for campus activity. DLR Group’s design opens up the exterior facade to directly connect to the outdoor plaza and provide glimpses into and through the building, thus providing sunlight during the daytime hours and enabling the building to shine throughout the evening. The interior spaces are connected and energized by the multi-story student activity spaces located in the center of the building. The library area is open with highly flexible ‘nodes’ that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate small and large groups. Other flexible spaces such as the learning commons, Ask-us Zone, café, presentation room, gallery, and outdoor learning spaces take place in the interstitial areas which naturally creates energy and movement throughout the building. The reading room, offices, project rooms, and testing center offer a quieter structured environment as a backdrop to the action of the other open spaces.
Scope Narrative - The 54,000 sf renovation contains the library, café, gallery, presentation and reading rooms, project room and a testing center. The project also houses the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneur Center - an incubator studio that provides resources and collaboration space for students to test new and innovative ideas for start-up businesses and The Rural Futures Institute which mobilizes the diverse resources of the University of Nebraska and its partners to support rural communities and regions. DLR Group provided architecture; structural, civil and electrical engineering; and fundraising assistance in collaboration with Stantec who served as library design and program review consultant.