University of Central Florida, John C. Hitt Library Orlando, Florida

To bring a 1967 library into the new era of library usage required building consensus. The original structure, the first and, for a time, the only building on campus, formerly contained administrative offices and classrooms in addition to traditional library functions.

  • Location

    Orlando, Florida

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  • Client

    University of Central Florida

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  • Size

    235,000 SF

After years of growth and intermittent renovations the library became the single building occupant. The library was not adequate to meet the needs of this fast growing university, the largest higher education institution in Florida. A detailed analysis of the existing conditions and the establishment of conceptual design options addressing future needs was an essential first step toward creating a 21st century library.

The expansion envisioned for the library offers the opportunity to better integrate with its neighbors through a new north entry, building corrections, and improved public open space. Defining the new north entry will be an addition incorporating an Automated Retrieval Center. The ARC will allow easier access to collections and storage for future growth.

Seating within the library will increase by 72% via different options including study rooms, technology stations, and open seating. Proposed renovations will update building systems and reconfigure spaces to create a 21st century library that plays an active role in the process of knowledge creation.