GS&P-Designed Renovations Invigorate USF Main Library

Improvements Increase Library Capacity, Support Student Success

November 13, 2017   |   Tampa,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces the completion of a 36,293-square-foot renovation to the University of South Florida’s main library in Tampa, Fla. GS&P was tasked with increasing seating capacity throughout the library’s fifth floor, upgrading four floors of restrooms and improving the library experience through design. GS&P engaged university leaders and student groups to define the project vision and to make sure that renovations addressed students’ specific needs. The design team added 400 new individual/quiet study spaces, a dedicated graduate reading room, two undergraduate reading rooms, and eight group study rooms, increasing the library’s seating capacity by 24%. All new spaces are equipped with technology hook-ups and wi-fi.

“USF’s main library sees between 15,000 and 18,000 students per day and the renovations were completed with student funds, so it was important for the students to play an active role in the design and lend their voice to this important project,” said Paul Mullins, University of South Florida. “GS&P listened to the input provided and worked hard to understand USF’s goals, creating a timeless, welcoming, technology-friendly space. The renovation enhances the library both functionally and aesthetically, in a way that we believe truly supports our students’ success.”

“GS&P was excited to have another opportunity to work with USF,” said Alyson Mandeville, IIDA, EDAC, interior designer at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “We’d previously designed improvements to the university’s Morsani College of Medicine and information technology suite, so we were familiar with the campus aesthetic and USF’s brand. We used those elements to connect the library with rest of the campus and introduced daylighting, modern finishes and an optimized layout to help the space feel more inviting. Up-to-date technology and ample power throughout also makes it much easier for students to study in the way they want.”

The design team’s solution included capitalizing on the limited amount of natural light and borrowing light for the interior spaces. Stack space was consolidated to locations that preserved views, and customizable furniture was selected that allows for a wide range of study configurations to meet student preferences. Restroom upgrades increased capacity and included the addition of trough-style sinks for cleanliness and ease of maintenance. The project is targeted for LEED Silver certification.
 
GS&P’s Corporate expertise has been honed with years of project experience and continues to be a cornerstone service. Other projects by GS&P in the Tampa area include a 257,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and corporate offices for Mettler Toledo, a 300,000 square foot headquarters for BayCare Health System in Clearwater, Fla. and a 5,000-square-foot office renovation for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

“GS&P listened to the input provided and worked hard to understand USF’s goals, creating a timeless, welcoming, technology-friendly space. The renovation enhances the library both functionally and aesthetically, in a way that we believe truly supports our students’ success.”

Paul Mullins, University of South Florida
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