Building Master Plan: Phasing

The Master Plan envisions a series of three phases. Phases I and II consist of renovating and enhancing the existing building. Phase III includes the addition of a wing on the East side of the library.

Phase I

Installation of a high-density shelving tower – Provide for long term storage and preservation of book and archive collections; re-purpose original stack core, and permits reallocation of existing shelf space to other functions.

HVAC Upgrade – Replace existing system, stabilize internal conditions; energy efficiency

Expansion and relocation of library teaching classroom – Provide expanded teaching area and state of the art instructional technology; place adjacent to Information Commons. This area supports First Year Seminar and information literacy instruction.

Enhance student Information Commons area – Provide students with high-end computing technology, and space for service support from librarians and library technology staff.

24 Hour Study Area – Provide for extended service hours

Consultation offices and meeting room Centralize consulting and technical support services; host Teaching Institute

Expansion of Cowles Café and Social Area – Provides for completion of area for informal study and gathering. The Cowles Café has proven to be a major success and serves as a major gathering point for the Drake community. This area also supports students during extended hours during Finals.

Upgrade Library Conference Center – Provides for refurbishment and technical upgrade of the libraries second floor conference area. This area is currently in high demand for small to mid-size campus and community events, in addition to functioning as a student study area.

Refurbishment and Betterment – Replace existing carpeting, furnishings, and wall treatments; better reflect contemporary student needs – all floors; restrooms

Phase II

  • Drake Archives and Heritage Center
  • Digital productions center
  • Virtual classroom
  • Presentation/practice rooms
  • Group study rooms

Phase III

Phase III consists of an addition to the current building, which will include:

  • Relocate entrance
  • Add second elevator
  • Relocate and expand café
  • Relocate and expand Knowledge Commons
  • Relocate staff operations
  • Technology service and staff area
  • Additional group, individual study
  • Institute for Exceptional Teaching