When the fall semester kicked off last month, FSU Libraries revealed some exciting new renovations on the second floor of Strozier Library, creating an ideal environment to foster student success.
FSU Libraries and FSU Facilities worked together to design an updated space with an open floor plan, new desks, seating, flooring and enhanced directional signage. Academic Affairs funded the $1 million renovation.
“This remodel adds 134 learning spaces to Strozier, but it’s beyond adding seats: the renovated space sends a message to students that they are central to FSU and that we are confident in their success,” said Gale Etschmaier, dean of FSU Libraries. “It is a visual representation of the importance of learning at Florida State University — and of the importance of our students.”
The redesign received an Outstanding Design Award for Interior Renovation in American School & University Magazine’s 2021 Educational Interiors Showcase Issue. The award highlights how the redesign improves the student experience.
“This renovation was all about adding more of the features students need,” said Samantha Untea, facilities designer with FSU Facilities. “The increased capacity allows for 384 chairs at study and computer tables and 67 lounge-style chairs for a total of 451 places for students to sit. There is power available at all study tables – 360 places for students to plug into, which is roughly one outlet per study chair. We also included several features to assist with wayfinding, such as wall graphics, signage, accent carpet stripes and accent wall paint.”
The reopening of the second floor was celebrated on Aug. 24 with a “Party at Club Stroz” event. Students who attended were able to experience the new space for the first time while enjoying playing bingo and spin-the-wheel for giveaways such as FSU Libraries stickers, water bottles and fanny packs.
For more information, visit lib.fsu.edu.