Kirkwood Community College initiated a remodeling of the central library following the successful issue of a $27 million bond for capital improvements. The library’s original character and furnishings, circa 1973, were still in place and in declining use. The outdated finish palette and well-worn furnishings portrayed a “tired” environment, and student usage had been declining.
OPN Architects worked with users to develop a new cosmetic that combined freshness, durability, and aesthetic longevity. Operational areas were renovated to support current technologies and processes. The overall layout was modified to promote a “friendly” attitude, and reinforce a message of customer service.
Mechanical systems were improved to increase fresh air ventilation and the lighting system was redesigned to brighten the space. The furnishings were replaced in their entirety, using two-tone wood accents and durable fabrics.
The project was executed in phases and while maintaining library operations.
- Improve and update operational aspects
- Align space with student usage
- Aesthetically refresh space & furnishings
- Maintain library operations during project
- Overhaul, improve mechanical systems
- Maintain 44,000-square-foot two-story space
- Hypo-allergenic materials and methods throughout