The University of Texas at Austin, Perry Castaneda Library, New Learning Commons
The University of Texas at Austin
Construction Manager at Risk
The newly created Learning Commons is located in the Perry-Castaneda Library (PCL) building at The University of Texas at Austin campus. The new Learning Commons is open to all students and is located on the entry level of the Library. This project allowed the relocation of existing services and resources and launched new services that enable students to create new knowledge by finding, evaluating, synthesizing and presenting research. The design facilitates productive collaboration among staff working in these learning areas for the benefit of all students and faculty.
The 19,500 square foot renovation was designed to replace the existing library offices to allow for research, writing, digital media lab, oral communications, tutoring and academic support, and statistical consultations. In addition, the space contains technology, instruction, cross-training, and bookable spaces as well as several active learning classrooms and restrooms.
The finished space includes high-end finishes, with some areas having equipment and paint finishes up to the structural floor above, measuring 18 feet tall. Much of the MEP and finishes work was accomplished from scaffolds and motorized lift equipment. The high end lighting and complex IT and audiovisual components uses current technology with both wired and wireless solutions for staff work equipment, classrooms, and lab computer and A/V equipment.
This fast paced, high-end finish Learning Commons has created the state of the art space desired by the University of Texas at Austin. It provides services that will promote learning and research as well as serving the state’s citizens with a modern environment to accomplish it.
2014 – Austin AGC Outstanding Construction Award Winning Project