College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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PHOTO © PAUL BARDAGjY on-campus study by providing an environment that serves the needs of various groups, supports their distinct learning relationships, and fosters interaction. By removing stacks and adding a variety of spaces, like a coffee bar, students collaborate in a comfortable, functional space, reducing the need to utilize off-campus meeting spaces. "student usage of the facility is up nearly 200 percent from the pre-renovation record student usage. the Porter Henderson library learning Commons has been a true evolutionary process that has resulted in a facility where students can meet, collaborate, socialize, present, and of course, learn," says Maurice Fortin, library executive director, asu. DON'T DON'T limit the benefts of collaborative spaces to only new construction projects. The same principles can be implemented in renovations. at J. sargeant reynolds Community College (JsrCC) in richmond, Va, there existed a recognized need for collaborative spaces, and it was understood that those spaces should be varied to accommodate different users. the seven-story vertical campus, originally constructed in 1979, was lacking collaborative spaces and featured a low, dark entry. in response, sHw group connected the frst and second foors to provide a more open, student union feel and consolidated the library, incorporating adjacent collaborative spaces. designers transformed previously underutilized hallway spaces by opening exterior walls to provide natural light and creating small group collaborative spaces. "the renovation not only added collaborative spaces expected by 21st-century students, but also opened up the building by bringing in more natural light, creating a more inviting space and enhancing the overall learning environment," says Mark w. Probst, director of facilities management & planning, JsrCC. By following these strategies for designing successful collaborative spaces, designers can implement a range of innovative spaces that support users needs today and teach the skills students will need in the workplace. CPM Tod Stevens (tstevens@shwgroup.com) is a principal at SHW Group with an expertise in library design. Stuart Rothenberger (srothenberger@shwgroup.com) is an associate principal at SHW Group, specializing in higher education. For over 10 years, our Tablet Arms have been standing up to all your demands. Engineered to hold up to 300 lbs with a Lifetime Warranty. Now that's integrity. Thatʼs Integra. See us at NeoCon 10th Floor #140 and at ACUHO-I Booth #525 800.235.0234 I N T EG R AS E AT I N G . C OM JUNE 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 21

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