The project was to design the new James E. Walker Library as the focal point of the campus academic quadrangle. It houses state-of-the-art technology and research capabilities, while providing a quiet refuge for students and faculty to study and work.
Key aspects of the design include:
- Vertically stacked staff areas to minimize walking distance and time.
- Cost-efficient construction materials that are resistant to vibration, noise and fire.
- Interior design capitalizing on natural light and deep-cell parabolic light fixtures in study areas to eliminate glare.
- Reading and study areas along the building perimeter to take advantage of the windows and campus views.
- Flexible areas which can easily and quickly be converted from stacks to computer use.
Middle Tennessee State University/Tennessee Board of Regents