University of Washington Allen Library Research Commons4000 15th Ave NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Design Achievement - The Allen Library Research Commons enables University of Washington students to conduct collaborative research activities in a vibrant and technology-rich environment. DLR Group's design creates distinct zones of activity within a large open space. Predominantly mobile systems allows students to reorganize spaces on-the-fly, and adapt to their specific needs for formal and informal research and presentation activities. Whether exploring concepts with fellow students on whiteboards, conducting online research, or communicating with people across the world to share ideas, users of the Research Commons are able to take full advantage of this space to fulfill their academic needs. This project represents the first facility of its kind on campus, fostering an environment that embodies the bold energy of the researchers who have wholeheartedly embraced it.
Scope Summary - The Allen Library Research Commons project encompassed the renovation of 15,500 SF of existing open-plan library space to create a new research environment. Scope included creating a master space plan; light demolition work of an existing service area and relocation of the help desk; new finishes; power and data upgrades supporting new multimedia systems, and new wireless hubs; and new furnishings throughout to support diverse student research activities. DLR Group provided architecture and interiors services.