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Milne Library Interior Renovation
Oneonta, New York
SUNY Oneonta

architecture+ was engaged to provide programing, design, and construction administration services for the Partial Renovation of the Milne Library on the SUNY Oneonta Campus. The primary goal of this project was to selectively renovate spaces to incorporate the Center for Academic Development and Enrichment (CADE) and Student Disability Services (SDS) and to enhance the student experience through the development of a Learning Commons.

architecture+ collaborated with Aaron Cohen Associates to provide programing workshops with all of the current library occupants as well as those being introduced. The programing effort focused on establishing the location of functions within the building to best provide services to the patrons.  

Student Disability Services was introduced as an accessible destination at the south end of the first floor. It boasts a new state-of-the-art testing center to provide accommodations to address student needs. The center will be available to all students for off-hour studying and computer access.

A realignment of the reference collection on the first floor allowed for a Learning Commons to be developed to create a new collaborative working destination on campus for students.  The Commons incorporates break out study booths, group study rooms, classrooms, and a variety of collaborative and individual seating options. The reference desk and associated collection anchor the commons with staff readily available for consultation and support.  

The circulation desk maintains its direct relationship with the main entrance to the building as primary touch point for service. A visual connection to the Learning Commons and reference desk is created to support student service.  

A new User Experience library touch point greets patrons upon their arrival on the second floor. This destination was created to provide research support proximate to the collection located on the upper floors. Research consultation and group space have been introduced to support reference assistance and instruction. Center for Academic Development and Enrichment (CADE) integrated at the south end of the floor provides professional and peer tutoring services. A large reading room has been developed to link the User Experience touch point and the CADE destination. The reading room, adjacent classroom, and group spaces will support the peer tutoring programs and offer different study opportunities for students.

The print collection is maintained primarily at the north end of the second and third floors.  Table and soft seating areas were developed along the perimeter of the collection to take advantage of the natural light and views thereby creating desirable reflective study destinations.  

The building will be occupied for the duration of the project and will remain fully operational during this $5.6 million renovation. We designed the project to be renovated in phases by floor to minimize disruption.

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