STROZIER LIBRARY INFORMATION COMMONS RENOVATION
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
30,000 SQUARE FEET
ALBRITTON WILLIAMS, INC
The 30,000 s.f. Library Commons project provided for a complete renovation of the first floor of the Strozier Library on Florida State’s Campus. The existing floor plan design included large stack areas, linear computer workstations (farms), and staff circulation/reference areas on opposite sides of the building with little space in the building dedicated to student study space. AL+W was charged with not only opening up the floor, but also updating the ‘feel’ of the space to be a more contemporary, yet comfortable place for the students to study and “hang-out”. The new program included spaces for private study rooms, reading areas, an assistive technology area, instruction lab, partner area, circulation, reference, staff offices and a café. The café area includes a Starbucks Coffee Shop that provides support for food service to the café. The café also serves as a space for additional programming and events within the Library. Key design elements include floor patterns and ceiling transitions to facilitate traffic flow, use of wall colors to facilitate way finding, ceiling enhancements to offset lower ceiling height conditions, opening the study rooms along the exterior wall to general floor space with glass walls to allow natural light to filter in, and flexible, mobile furnishings.