The Doty Fine Arts Library Renovation project converted an existing 4th level area with library stacks, study areas and meeting rooms, into a new, active learning environment for The University of Texas. The library now has a high-tech CAET classroom, open studio classroom, study/conference rooms and a new suite of administrative offices. The existing 4th floor was an open mezzanine, an exposed pre-cast concrete structure extends across a double-volume space. In our approach, we left as much of the open-structure ceiling as possible. We achieved this by upgrading the unique in-beam lighting system and cleaning up the existing ductwork and conduit layouts.
In order to create a dynamic space over the floor below, the balcony areas are open and furnished as study areas. Back-painted glass wall surfaces also highlight the space. In addition, we widened circulation to accommodate built-in seating areas and furniture for students to use between classes. Finally, all group rooms, offices and conference rooms received full glass storefronts. This gives the Doty Fine Arts Library Renovation a sense of openness to a brimming program of spaces.