University of New Brunswick Saint John, Hans W. Klohn Commons
Service Flexibility: The library in the Hans W. Klohn Commons was designed with the recognition that the collection will be significantly different in 2020 than it is today. The print reference collection was reduced to about a third of what it was in the facility the new library replaced, and most of the print collection now occupies electronic compact shelving. Occupying the space freed up by those moves are centers for tutoring in writing and math/science, two classrooms, nine group study rooms, and a café. Service desks are relatively small and inviting, made of a semi-translucent white composite with custom cabinetry behind to hold necessary supplies.
Architect: B+H Architects
Size: 40,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $25 million
Photo: Deborah Eves