Since the new Sawyer building project was put on hold in October 2008, the design has been completed. The construction documents (CDs), an 800-page set of blueprints, were finished in May 2009. The extra time that we spent last winter and spring reviewing the CDs has without question resulted in an improved design, particularly on interior layout and material use.
The CDs were used this summer as the basis for an independent pricing exercise to determine whether the project remained on budget. The good news is that it does!
A fair question is "How can we be sure that new Sawyer Library, as it will be called, will provide a long-term answer to campus library needs for 50-100 years?" With the assistance of the
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architects, and the involvement of the Stetson/Sawyer Building Committee
, librarians and information technologists, and the President's Senior Staff, the building has been designed to meet changing needs over the years ahead. In particular, the collection area will accommodate compact shelving on all levels; an off-site shelving facility can accommodate growing collections while ensuring that users are not squeezed out by books; raised floors and demountable walls in areas most impacted by technology changes will facilitate repurposing space; and standard floor to ceiling heights will allow conversion of selective collection space to such people-centric functions as classrooms and academic support should that be desired.
We are convinced that we have designed an extraordinary library for the future of our most exceptional college. We are in a very good place once general economic conditions and the college budget situation allow us to begin construction. That time has not yet come
but we will be ready when it does!