University of Illinois at Springfield Brookens Library Master Plan Study

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      Holabird & Root worked with the Library Dean and staff as well as a diverse group of stakeholders to develop a Master Plan for the Brookens Library Building. There are critical flaws in the building’s current spatial organization, including the way in which library and non-library functions are separated on each floor; poor wayfinding; lack of daylighting; lack of acoustic separation between spaces with partial-height walls; and current accessibility and life safety standards are not being met. The study explores alternative scenarios for effectively transforming the facility into the intellectual living room of the campus by integrating the library with complimentary academic and technology support services. Planning objectives include improving active hands-on learning environments, integrating technology into all aspects of teaching and learning, and fostering collaboration between disciplines and departments.