Study Zone Milestone: Rooms and Ceilings Framed. Painting Begins

A major milestone comes to pass in the library remodeling project on second floor. Last week all framing of rooms and arched ceiling features were completed, and the first week of August brought sanding and final prep to the walls. Painters begin this week with primer coat and then the first coats of vibrant colors will emerge. As painting proceeds, work will begin to install glass panels and frame ceiling structures for future lights and ventilation systems for the area. Final furniture specs are being doubled checked along with decisions for signature prints on glass panels. A beautiful wall-mounted entrance sign for the Study Zone has been designed and will bring a high-class touch to the area as users enter.

The HSL Study Zone will be approximately five-thousand square feet, a project of ‘stacks to study’ and it will add over one hundred seats for studying. Energy pods for power naps are part of the future furniture package–two nap pods will be part of the Study Zone experiment. The area will be accessible by Anschutz campus ID badge, offer a kitchenette for students needing a snack with their breaks. Wonderful bay windows bring in natural light and will give relaxing views. Twenty-four new study rooms are the design gem of the new space along with ten individual study pods and comfortable soft seating all around the area. The natural light and brilliant colors of the carpet and walls will offer an energetic feel for long study periods. Height-adjustable tables and clubhouse-like booths give a non-traditional spin to this future hub of quiet focus and student learning.

Stop by the library’s lobby to see information boards and leave your comments. A celebration and ribbon cutting event are being planned for October 19. The project remains on schedule and the construction noise will come to an end soon in late September if all goes well. Stay tuned to Facebook for posts and pictures, and if you have any questions about the future space please let us know.

https://hslnews.wordpress.com/study_zone/

BEFORE

AFTER & CURRENT as of August 7, 2017

Milestone Mondays: Study Zone Demo Completed

Monday June 19. 2017. Library Study Zone remodeling proceeds smoothly and spacious future floor plan begins to take shape.

View from the north end looking south, 2nd floor area construction demolition completed

The week ending June 16 brought to close a major milestone in construction and remodeling up on the second floor of the Health Sciences Library. Contractors completed the demolition of nearly five thousand square feet on the far north end of HSL’s second floor. The construction team successfully removed all journal stacks, original ceiling, light fixtures, counters, carpet tiles and much more. With the area torn down and apart, the process continues to start building!

Students using the library this summer can be seen more and more wearing noise cancelling headphones during this disruptive but exciting period. The completion of demolition marks a milestone on the road to future success. Anschutz students looking for more study rooms in the library and a study area offering sharp focus for intense and long-term work periods will not be disappointed later this year in October. The completed space will have great natural lighting and vibrant colors to keep you awake. The Study Zone will have a kitchenette area, two energy nap pods, seating for over a 100 users (prior seating in area was 25), and creative & diverse furniture options for different quiet-study modes. Stay tuned for more news as things develop.

Before (May 2017) Journal stacks in the area prior. All moved to PASCAL on campus.

 

After (June 2017) Demolition and deconstruction finished.

 

The library will add updates to this news blog, post weekly on Facebook about progress, and we continue to host a board display in the first floor lobby of the library to keep the community informed with a visual timeline and other drawings from the project.

Going forward after demolition, framing of rooms and new walls begins — studs arrive. If you like photos of the action, follow us on Facebook for weekly posts and pics. See the FB photo archive labeled ‘2nd Floor Study Zone & Renovation 2017 HSL’.

The future Study Zone at HSL is not quite “club med” but the amenities and design will support success by providing an inviting place with a rejuvenating ambiance to get your study on and focus in relative quiet.

A main Study Zone blog page is also up at https://hslnews.wordpress.com/study_zone/.

Architectural vision & drawing of future space


Questions, please reach out to Douglas Stehle at Health Sciences Library. 303-724-2139 | douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu

Pardon our dust (& noise)- we’re building a better library for you!

noise-2nd-floor

Beginning Feb. 14th through the end of May, there will be periodic increased noise levels on the 2nd floor while we move items from our north end journal stacks to make room for an improved, larger study area. Construction of the new space will begin in early June.

Alternate study areas are available on the 1st & 3rd floors. Should you need them, feel free to ask for earplugs at the Service Desk.

Thanks for your patience while this exciting new project begins!