Campus: Jim Dan Hill
UW – Superior
The Jim Dan Hill Library was built in 1966 and was essentially a windowless brick box. The $6 million renovation completed in 2009 completely transformed the outdated facility into a light filled, inviting, state-of-the-art library. The reconfigured floor plans feature expanded open and enclosed study areas, a computer lab, and information commons. A relocated elevator improves access, while a new stair to the lower garden level allows the area to be used while maintaining collection security. New mechanical, electrical, life safety, and technology systems were installed in the 70,000 square foot, tri-level building.
New curtain wall windows on the north and south facades provide daylight and views to the surrounding campus. Student response to the renovation has been overwhelmingly positive and library staff report greatly increased numbers of students studying in the building. The project was awarded the 2009 Wisconsin Division of State Facilities Excellence in Architectural Design Award.
Photos by Al Miller, UW-Superior