BRIDGEPORT, CT, Feb. 20, 2009
The University of Bridgeport officially opened the doors of its transformed Magnus Wahlstrom Library at a well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony and reception. The library renovation, part of a multi-million dollar CHEFA (Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority) loan secured in June 2007 by the University to upgrade many aspects of the campus facilities and infrastructure, now places the Wahlstrom Library in the top ranks of digital libraries in the United States.
Meeting the project budget of $1,500,000, the 23,000 square foot library renovation is located in the first floor of the University’s Magnus Wahlstrom Library Building – the “academic and physical heart of the campus”. Antinozzi Associates was commissioned to renovate the library to respond to the University’s need to create an Information Commons model for the campus. The goal and objective was to introduce more desktop computers, create team meeting areas (including SmartBoard technology), assign designated areas for laptop use, have self check-out stations for library materials, and walk up e-mail and internet access stations all for student use. A circular Research Theatre is included as well.
Along with state-of-the-art technology, the University wanted to create an inviting central location for students not only to study, but to socialize and seek other forms of media for entertainment. A café was created that serves coffee, snacks and beverages where a student can catch up on the latest pop fiction and hear about current events on campus. Lounge areas are in place for students to have comfortable seating to relax and study. Some lounge chairs are specifically designed with high backs and sides for the student who requires some acoustical isolation within an open environment. A small art gallery is in the rear of the building for student work to be displayed.
Article by University of Bridgeport; Media Contact: John J. Daley, (203) 576-4510