The Pennsylvania State University | Pattee Library | Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons
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The Pennsylvania State University | University Park, PA

Pattee Library | Tombros and McWhirter Knowledge Commons

54,000 sq. ft. | $8.2 million | August 2010 & April 2012

Barton Education incorporated building information modeling (BIM) technology to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing design services for 48,000 square feet of renovation to the ground, 1st and 2nd floor of the Pattee Library at Penn State University. The project converted under-utilized space into a 24-hour, five-day-a week Knowledge Commons for the students. The project provided small study rooms, multi-media study rooms with collaborative media technology, podcast rooms, green screen film production rooms, multi-media instructional space and over 250 computer work stations for students. The renovation provides innovative lighting and HVAC systems to meet the varying needs of the spaces. New 4-pipe variable air volume systems were installed to support the new space.

Barton Education also incorporated BIM technology to transform 6,000 square feet of the Pattee Library into a new, 135-seat auditorium, an atrium, a new center that offers special services and assistive technologies for students with disabilities and a revamped leisure reading room that includes break out study areas and leisure reading areas. The project involved the relocation of the original auditorium for the new spaces and created a more direct and convenient access to the library.

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