Design for Innovation



The goal of this renovation project was to evolve the function of the library on campus. Often seen only as a resource center, the administration at Ohio University challenged the design team to design a place that will draw students to the library as a centerpiece of college life on campus. Once inside the library, there are areas set aside for social interaction, community meetings, and secluded study. This project was also a renovation in an existing building and included complicated logistics to swing the library to functional alternative space, and required difficult decisions regarding anticipated costs for renovations to specific areas of the building.



The Hannah V. McCauley Library is the center of student life on the Ohio University Lancaster campus. Commuting regional campus students gather in this community space to study, collaborate, and gain access to technology. The renovation has transformed the student experience and enriched the educational efficacy. Additionally, the campus plays a larger community role by hosting events in the space where teams can meet with one another and engage students and faculty.


Year Completed: 2009
Location: Lancaster, Ohio
Client: Ohio University
Square Footage: 15,000 SF
Consultants: Prater & Associates, Metro CD Engineering
General Contractor: Robertson Construction