Connecticut College’s Charles E. Shain Library was constructed in 1973 in the academic “Brutalist” style, with façades of corduroy textured concrete, slit windows, and an entry bridge that passed over a sunken dry moat – a true ‘fortress’ for books. With a construction cost of only $60 / SF, the renovation has transformed the building, enhanced views, provided social connections between the library floors, and created a modern, vibrant Information Commons. The moat has been filled in to create a new entry plaza with outdoor seating for a café. New bay windows are created from the original paired slits. And a large double-height window over the entry provides sweeping views of the campus.
Honor Award, American Library Association / international Interior Design Association
New Landmark Libraries Design Award, American Library Association (ALA)
Best Regional Renovation/Restoration, Engineering News Record
Design Award, Boston Society of Architects
Honor Award for Excellence in Preservation, AIA New England
Landscape Architect: Kyle ZIck Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Owner’s Project Representative: Diversified Project Management, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Roome & Guarracino, LLC
Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical Engineer: Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa Inc.
Civil Engineer: Boundaries LLC
Code: Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: KBE Building Corporation
Photographer: © Paul Burk