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  • For a while the trend has been toward collaborative learning, group environments, one stop shops (writing centers, etc) we needed to adapt our relatively new building to meet student needs.
  • Short deadline for the academic world. We had changes we wanted to make on every floor of the library, so we had to make our money stretch.
  • Save money in the future by not making things so rigid – i.e. signs, carrels
  • We had to balance all this with a tight deadline and so some of the thing we wanted to do, we just couldn’t but where we could, we did.
  • This saved money, shipping and over 1,200 per chair. In fact we were able to clean all the chairs
  • Will use in new spaces for room numbers, QR codes, etc.
  • 120 extra chairs so we are replacing them through out the library in places we might not have before because they will be more comfortable. Recycled bookends and metal parts of chairs f
  • 120 extra chairs so we are replacing them through out the library in places we might not have before because they will be more comfortable. Recycled bookends and metal parts of chairs f
  • adVANTAGE IS that we see a need and they custom fit the furniture to fit it. Saves us 500-700 a table
  • adVANTAGE IS that we see a need and they custom fit the furniture to fit it. Saves us 500-700 a table. Disadvantage, if we don’t like them…. We had the wood and lots of it. Not everyone will be in this position

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  • 1. Walker Library Renovation Project Heather Lambert Middle Tennessee State University James E. Walker Library
  • 2. Background
    • James E. Walker library is the main library for Middle Tennessee State University.
    • The building opened in Spring 1999.
    • We serve 26,000 + students. We have over
    • 500,00 visits a semester and 7,000 a day
    250,000 gross square feet - 187,500 net square feet. Four floors above ground, fully accessible to all persons with disabilities. 1,000 carrel seats, 37 group studies.
  • 3. FACTS
    • Project : Create a Learning Commons centered on the first floor and define and expand learning environments throughout the building.
    • Preplanning : Multi year brainstorming project, including tours and literature reviews of other institutions. Culminated with a 764 student survey of library use.
    • Phase 1 – Digital Media Studio completed last summer with library funds. Reused existing furniture entirely
    • Money : 400,000 in state stimulus funds in July 2010. We hope to finish spending by September 2010 and open sometime in the Fall 2011.
  • 4.
    • Environmentally Responsible
    • Meet student needs
    Guiding Principles
  • 5.
    • Stewards of resources
    • Flexible
    Guiding Principles
  • 6.
    • Budget
    • Low carbon footprint
    Guiding Principles
  • 7. Reuse Cleaned existing chairs and moved them to new locations
  • 8. Reuse
    • Disassembled shelving
    • and used the wood for
    • computer tables and a
    • wireless bar
  • 9. Reuse
    • Removed shelf signs to reuse
  • 10. Reuse
    • Reworking existing reference desk to accommodate computers and staff
  • 11. Reuse Adding cushions to existing wood chairs to make usable in new locations
  • 12. Reuse
    • Disassemble carrels
    • and use the wood
    • for lecterns, coffee
    • tables, circular tables
    • and conversation tables
  • 13. Reuse
  • 14. Environmentally Sustainable
    • Transformations chairs
  • 15. Environmentally Sustainable
    • In General:
    • Adding more recycling containers
    • Green Guard fabrics – no chemical emissions
    • All new products have- End of life recycling Long term durability Made from post consumer recycled materials (when possible)
  • 16. Environmentally Sustainable
    • Replace fluorescents with LED tube lights from a local company
    • save money
    • save energy
    • save books
    • help students
    • low carbon footprint
  • 17. Flexible
    • Signs aren’t permanent can be moved- lesson learned
    • Transformation chairs parts can be replaced and patterns can be changed
    • Ottomans can be recovered
    • Furniture is movable so we can adapt to future growth
    • Tables and partitions have wheels
    • Created four group studies just by adding rolling panel walls
  • 18.
    • Meeting student need by creating several types of study, presentation, creation, and collaborative areas throughout building
    • Maintain building integrity
    • Good stewards of resources- existing and financial Stay close to budget even though building in flexibility can cost more, compromises necessary
    • Use local carpenters and suppliers who are committed to low carbon footprint
    • Possible to do this even if you don’t have everyone in your committee isn’t green
    Summary