SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Photo by Johnathan Hillyer
designLAB architects; Austin Architects; Roll Barresi & Associates; Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting, Inc.; Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates Inc.; Garcia Galuska DeSousa, Inc.; RSE Associates, Inc.; Nitsch Engineering; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
“ . . . nice transformation of an iconic building . . . addition does not strictly mimic . . . color does a lot to enliven the heavy, thick space . . . simple interventions totally transform the building . . . respectfully done, uncomplicated . . . strong sense of warmth . . . ”
Due to deferred maintenance, aged systems, and deteriorated finishes, the library was perceived as uncomfortable, cold, and dysfunctional. Updating the library program to meet 21st century standards while addressing technical and building system deficiencies were critical project goals. Equally critical was the desire to re-inspire the campus community and the original architecture that was meant to evoke a sense of place—not merely a house for books, but an experience intended to enhance opportunities and lifestyle. The project brought much-needed life and rejuvenation back to the library, making it once again the academic and social focus point of the campus. It has become the center of student life that offers the opportunity to eat, socialize, independently study, and group study, and provides access to information technology resources.