On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, the university community celebrated the launch of one major construction project and the completion of another. The Buley Library construction project is now under way, and the Wintergreen Avenue parking garage is now open for use. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony along with campus, local and other state officials. Following the groundbreaking, a ribbon cutting for the new 1,200-space Wintergreen Parking Garage took place.
Along with Gov. Malloy, speakers at the groundbreaking included President Mary A.
Papazian; Marianne Kennedy, interimprovost and vice president for academic affairs;
Pasquale J. Salemi, deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Construction Services;
Lewis J, Robinson Jr., chair, Board of Regents for Higher Education; Toni N. Harp,
state senator, D-New Haven, and chair of the Legislative Appropriations Committee;
Gregory W. Gray, president, Board of Regents for Higher Education; and Erin McGuckin,
president, SCSU Student Government Association.
Cost: $31 million
Architect: Oak Park Architects, West Hartford
Construction Manager: Skanska, New Haven
Size: 245,000 square feet (includes 2008 addition)
Exterior: Red brick and concrete
Projected completion: 2015
More information about the Buley Library Renovation
Southern is on course in less than two years to be home to a state-of-the-art library that will offer students the latest in media technology in a modern and attractive facility.
Hilton Buley Library originally opened in 1970 toward the end of Hilton Buley’s (pictured below) 17-year reign as president of Southern. He served in that capacity from 1954 to 1971.
The project to renovate the 98,000-square-foot older wing of Buley Library has begun, according to Robert Sheeley, associate vice president for capital budgeting and facilities operations. The $31 million project will enable the university to boast a library that is 245,000 square feet, which includes the original wing, as well as the 135,000 square foot addition that was completed in 2008. It also will include a new 12,000-square-foot area encompassing an atrium and skywalk connecting the two sections of the building on the first and third floors.
“I am confident that we will have a library that Southern will be truly proud to call its own,” Sheeley said.
"It is going to be a beautiful building that will be the academic hub of the campus,” said Christina Baum, director of library services at Buley. “I really think it will be a more inviting and approachable facility for our students.”
The Buley renovation is the second major project to commence on campus this summer. A four level, 98,332 square-foot academic and laboratory science building is underway in front of Jennings Hall, the current home for Southern’s science programs.
The library project includes the creation of an art gallery, as well as space for media collections, special collections and a reading area on the ground floor. The first floor will feature include a cyber café, as well as an “information commons,” an area that will include a computer lab, lounge seating, email stations, a reference help desk and an IT help desk. “The information commons will be a sort of one-stop shopping area for students,” Baum said.
The project is being designed to include three classrooms, two computer teaching labs, a seminar room, a conference room and a Faculty Development Center on the second floor. Plans call for the third floor to include the eventual creation of a tutorial center -- which would feature a writing tutorial room, a math and science tutorial room, a computer lab and a conference room. The floor also would be home to the Library Science Department faculty and staff. The Office of Information Technology would eventually be located on the fourth floor, according to the building plans, as would library administration offices.
“One of the important improvements to the facility will be the additional group study space that is currently in high demand by our students,” Baum added.
The $31 million is expected to cover the bulk of the project, although other sources of funding will be used to complete aspects of the upper floors.
Skanska Construction of New Haven is the contractor, while Oak Park Architects of West Hartford is the architectural firm handling the project.