Tuesday, July 12, 2011

U. California - Berkeley Launches Major Campaign for Renovation of Moffitt Library

It's been a long haul since August, 2006 when U. Cal - Berkeley Library Administration began discussing a capital campaign for the University Libraries.  (See the 10-page timeline tracking the project to a completion date of September, 2015).  EHDD Architecture (San Francisco) has completed the design phase of the $50 million project and fund-raising has begun.

Moffitt is a five-story undergraduate library in the center of the Berkeley campus.  When completed the "revitalization" will be most evident in the distinctive character of each level.

At the top or 5th floor is the Quiet Commons - "individual and group seating zoned for quiet study, focus and reflection."

The 4th floor is the Collaboration Commons - "technology-enhanced areas for discussion and team-based learning."

3rd floor is Community Crossing - "exhibits, cafe, new books lounge and portal to Gardner Library stacks.

2nd floor is Computing and Media Commons - "computing, media and guided learning labs."

Ground floor will house classrooms and staff work areas.

As you can imagine, the project has involved an army of participants who have produced a ton of documents and posted a trove of web sites.  Here are links to a few:

Project wiki: overview, planning history, leadership and design team

Interactive floor plans

fiat lux, Fall 2009  Library newsletter outlines the major themes of the project: active and social learning; peace and quiet; technology-rich, going green.

Library Teaching and Learning Spaces Task Force - Final Report, 2007.

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