April 12, 2013

Reading rooms ready for revamping

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

The University will be working with Chicago-based architecture and design firm Studio Gang Architects to redesign and remodel the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center. Interviews with students, faculty, and staff helped shape the new design, which will consist of pod-like spaces for group study and tutoring. Other additions included in the redesign are a new student café, computer lab, and digital media studio, according to the firm’s Web site.

The project is currently in the design phase and is intended to have a LEED silver rating, the third-highest rating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification of a building’s sustainability. Studio Gang Architects Marketing Director Samantha Snodgrass declined to comment on the project due to the confidential nature of the planning stages. University spokesperson Jeremy Manier and Facilities Services project manager David Culcasi also could not be reached for comment.