Mary Couts Burnett Library Exterior – TCU
Location:Fort Worth, Texas
Services:Architecture Construction Administration Facility Assessment Interior Design
This library addition and renovation includes a 20,000 square foot, three-level addition and renovations to 24,500 square feet on four levels. Through the design, HHS, in conjunction with Cannon Design Group, is providing a new main entrance to the facility and re-skinning the existing facade of the 1980s wing to match the new addition. The design includes a bridge to a new instructional building, scheduled to be completed in August 2014.
Part of the renovation includes converting the building to a 24/7 facility that can also utilize the connected instructional building for additional study space. The instructional building and the new library space are part of a larger initiative on campus to create the Intellectual Commons.
TCU is removing 1.3 million volumes of materials to off-site storage in order to create more space for students within the library. There are various types of spaces including small group study rooms, video editing suites, video screening rooms, expanded computer centers, and a “sandbox,” where students are introduced to the latest examples of new technology.
An emphasis on emerging technology is evident through the New Technology Demonstration areas and an expanded Technology Services office offering hardware and software help for students. The library also includes an improved cafe with indoor and outdoor seating as well as updated archival facilities on-site for the University’s most valuable materials.
Our team master planned the library for future renovation of the 1920s and 1950s wings to complete a comprehensive renovation of the campus library.