US Air Force Academy McDermot Library Renovation

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Completed: Concept Design

Proposed renovations will update building systems as well as reconfigure interior spaces for new programmatic uses and improved existing uses.

Client

United States Air Force Academy

Project Size

148,500 gsf (Approximately)

Professional Services

Architecture

The Library of the Future study defined a vision for improving the quality of library and learning facilities at the existing historic McDermott Library. Through a series of workshops and interviews with the Library Steering Committee and representatives of the Library staff, USAFA faculty, and cadets; planning recommendations were developed for phased renovation and expansion of the Library. Issues addressed and acknowledged deficiencies in the 1958 structure and current function s— ultimately transforming the facility into the Library of the Future. Proposed renovations will update building systems as well as reconfigure interior spaces for new programmatic uses and improved existing uses. The study proposed a 25% space increase, adding approximately 36,000 square feet to provide new learning center functions and collections access to the Library. The overall estimated construction costs for the complete renovation and addition was $75 million, encompassing over 180,000 total square feet.

RNL Design, Executive Architect
Shepley Bulfinch, Library Programming and Conceptual Design