Moving out of a library is kind of like moving out of your home or your dorm room, except on a large scale. We appreciate the patience that the Wentworth community, especially Wentworth students, have had as we prepare for the move out of the library. Today is the day! The packing is in process, with the help of the experienced guidance of ABC Moving Services.
Books are getting packed on carts to be stored over the summer during the renovation. Computers, scanners, tables, chairs, and whiteboards are getting packed and moved to our temporary location at the 610 Huntington dormitory.
We’ve labelled nearly everything in the library, and we’ve been amazed at the variety of equipment we use to keep the library going. Take a look:
The countdown has begun! – as of April 20th, the library as we know it will start the transformation as the renovation begins.
We celebrated the end of an era on April 13th with a “Goodbye Alumni Library” party attended by Wentworth faculty, staff, and students. In addition to enjoying refreshments, many visitors took selfies in the library to mark the moment. Here are a few highlights:
And here is a look at how the Alumni Library looked shortly before the renovation begins in April 2016.
Libraries are notoriously quiet places, and what better way to represent a librarian in a game of charades than to mime a “Shhh”. Well, we want you to know that librarians rarely shush these days, and enjoy hearing conversation and collaboration going on in the library.
That said, we know that quiet spaces and good sound management are important for a library. This was something you told us when we surveyed last year, in preparation for the renovation, and we’re happy to report that Perkins+Will have devised a number of sound control techniques for the new library.
Glass-enclosed reading room
On the Mezzanine level, overlooking Mission Hill, you’ll find a quiet Reading Room in the renovated library. The Reading Room will be enclosed in glass facing the atrium of the library, so you’ll be able to see down to the second floor, but not be disturbed by the noise. We think this quiet space will be just right when you need to focus, or be inspired by a class library reading room space.
Microperf ceiling panels
Throughout portions of the 2nd and Mezzanine levels, the architects have designed a ceiling system that will reduce noise in the library space. The ceiling will be composed of microperforated wood panels that have unique acoustical properties to absorb sound. The panels look like solid wood, but at the core are comprised of several layers designed to absorb sound. The tiny perforations throughout the panels direct the sound waves to the absorption.
These panels from Navy Island are unique – they are very thin, 1″ in thickness, and they are not prone to water damage that typical wood paneling would encounter (say if a sprinkler system were to activate). The panels form a design element in the new library, accentuating the mezzanine and 3rd floor levels, like giant trays in the atrium space.
Here’s a closer look at what you’ll see over your head in much of the new library:
So when you arrive in the renovated library, we’re hoping that you can find quiet spaces, but also enjoy a better sound environment even in the noisier parts of the library. Because librarians don’t really shush people these days – we want to see you collaborating, learning, and enjoying your time in the library!
A number of Wentworth Co-op students are working for the organizations involved in the library renovation. Today, we feature Stephanie Crepeau, a Construction Management major who is on co-op with Consigli Construction Company.
Q: What have you learned from your involvement on the Schumann Library Renovation from working as a co-op at Consigli Construction Company?
A: In classes you really scratch the surface of whatever topic it is. I’ve learned so much more about construction scheduling, but have definitely felt the connection of what I learned in the classroom and how to apply it in a real world setting. This position has allowed me to really dig into a deeper understanding of not only how construction occurs on a site but also behind the scenes, before anyone ever sees construction on a site. I’ve also become more comfortable with the specific scheduling software (Primavera 6), learning new tricks and tips with it, that I feel I can walk away having sharpened a really useful skill in my toolset.
Q: What are your favorite memories from your time in the library at Wentworth?
A: Sitting for three+ hours straight until the library closed with my friend to work on a pre-lab for our 8 AM Materials Testing & Quality Control class.
Q: What do you think is the most exciting part of the renovation project for Wentworth students?
A: I think one of the exciting things about the library is the possibility of giving it a fresh, more modern 21st century feel. And more available power outlets!
Q: Do you/did you have a favorite spot to study in the library?
A: I always enjoy sitting on the mezzanine whether at a table studying with friends or just hanging out on the couches overlooking the library.
We aim to provide a technology-rich environment when the newly renovated Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons opens. Of course, the number one priority is many more power plugs, which you’ll find available in floor boxes, in tables, on walls, in couches, on the walls, and even on special power stanchions near some furnishings.
Here are some of the new technologies you can expect in the renovated library:
Print management services – you’ll be able to send a job to a printer queue, and print to any of the library printers of your choosing just by tapping your ID to the print release station. This is part of DTS‘s plans to roll out print management services, and we’re happy to be the beta tester as part of the renovation.
Digital displays and built-in AV connectors in all group study rooms – you’ll be able to view group presentations, review plans or schematic drawings, and even watch movies on the large displays in our eight group study rooms. Plus, we’ll have enhanced digital signage throughout the library, updated with current information and cool graphics regularly.
Collaborative learning displays in the new Program Room – in addition to a giant touch-screen display, the Program Room will include three mobile display carts that can be used in coordination or independently for classroom demonstration, group collaboration, and presentation. These displays will utilize the HDBaseT connectivity standard, which allows for easy distribution of uncompressed ultra-high-definition multimedia content.
A dedicated space for technology innovation in the Technology Sandbox, which will be a makerspace-esque room for exploring and experimenting with cutting-edge technology tools, which will be student-led and ever-evolving. We plan to provide access to new technology tools and software, and will work with students and campus departments in bringing these items into the library.
Digital room scheduling – all of our study rooms will feature digital room scheduling touchscreens, which will easily allow you to determine room availability and make a reservation for a study room. This is part of a larger DTS project on campus, and the library is glad to be a part of this shift.
And we’ll have the array of computers, printers, scanners and peripherals you’ve come to expect from a modern library.
Here’s a look back on some of the earlier technology found in the WIT library from our archives:
The Library Renovation Project is officially underway!
Here is an announcement from the Facilities office on campus:
As Spring Break ends, we will be starting the first phase of the Library Renovation Project with the installation of new windows in several areas of Beatty Hall. On March 15th window installation will begin in the three stair towers of the building with one stair tower at a time will be completed. In addition, over the Break, safety fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the building for contractor site storage and to protect egress paths and walkways. The installation of the windows and addition of this safety fencing will mean that there will be changes to the pedestrian circulation pattern around the building and we ask that everyone follow the directional signs. We ask for your patience and understanding as we start this very important project. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Mike Pankievich, AVP for Facilities at ext. 4575.
The new windows will be more energy efficient, which is great for regulating temperatures throughout the building. All of Beatty Hall will be getting the new windows – a much-needed building improvement.
Here is a photo showing what the new windows look like, compared with the old windows, from the test installation on the Mezzanine in the library: