Buley Library Renovation
On July 17, 2013, the university community celebrated the launch of one major construction project --The Buley Library construction project -- and the completion of another -- the Wintergreen Avenue parking garage. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony along with campus, local and other state officials. Following the groundbreaking, a ribbon cutting for the new 1,200-space Wintergreen parking garage took place.
The New Buley
Cost: $31 million
Architect: Oak Park Architects, West Hartford
Construction Manager: Skanska, New Haven
Size: 245,000 square feet (includes 2008 addition)
Exterior: Red brick and concrete
More about the Buley Library Renovation
Southern is now home to a state-of-the-art library that will offer students the latest in media technology in a modern and attractive facility.
Hilton Buley Library originally opened in 1970 toward the end of Hilton Buley’s (pictured below) 17-year reign as president of Southern. He served in that capacity from 1954 to 1971.
The $31 million renovation project enables the university to boast a library that is 245,000 square feet, which includes the original wing, as well as the 135,000 square foot addition that was completed in 2008. It also includes a new 12,000-square-foot area encompassing an atrium and skywalk connecting the two sections of the building on the first and third floors.
The Buley renovation is the second major project to reach completion on campus this year. A four-level, 98,332 square-foot academic and laboratory science building is underway in front of Jennings Hall, and will be opening in 2015.
The library project includes the creation of an art gallery, as well as space for media collections, special collections and a reading area on the ground floor. The first floor features include a cyber café, as well as an “information commons,” an area that includes a computer lab, lounge seating, email stations, a reference help desk and an IT help desk. “The information commons is a sort of one-stop shopping area for students,” Baum said.
The building includes three classrooms, two computer teaching labs, a seminar room, a conference room and a Faculty Development Center on the second floor. The third floor will include the eventual creation of a tutorial center -- which will feature a writing tutorial room, a math and science tutorial room, a computer lab and a conference room. The floor is also home to the Library Science Department faculty and staff. The Office of Information Technology will eventually be located on the fourth floor, according to the building plans, as will library administration offices.