Montreal: $40M Library Renovations Unveiled at Concordia University After 3 Years of Construction
From the CBC:
Concordia University is celebrating the completion of almost $40 million [$31 Million/USD] in renovations that transformed its Webster Library into a space designed not only for studying, but hands-on learning and exploration, too.
Friday marked the end of years of construction on the downtown library — the renovations started in the winter of 2015 — and students are now free to use its many innovative new features.
The renovations were mostly funded by the Quebec government, which contributed $37 million.
The updated library delivers:
- A technology sandbox allowing digital exploration
- A visualization studio featuring the interactive artwork Proteus: Jeremy Segal (project lead), Michel
- Didier (technical lead), Roxanne Sirois (art direction), Joseph Browne (sound designer)
- 3,300 study seats – a 113 per cent increase
- 22 types of study space
- Green walls to improve air quality
- 21 km of books
- Dissertation writers’ rooms
The Webster Library Transformation was carried out in four phases and delivers a 27 per cent increase in study spaces, a longstanding need given the university’s tremendous growth over the last several decades. When the library first opened in 1992, Concordia had 25,000 students. The student population currently stands at more than 46,000 students.
The project also features living green walls in a vertical landscaping system on each floor of the library to provide users with better indoor air quality, promote a sense of well-being and increase noise absorption.
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