Eugene McDermott Library,
The University of Texas at Dallas
The Eugene McDermott Library on The University
of Texas at Dallas campus was originally constructed in 1975
and housed the campus computer center, and some campus administrative
offices as well as the library facilities. As the University
has developed and technology has changed the function of the
library, the spaces in the library were in need of reallocation
Booziotis and Company Architects was selected
by the University to develop a Master Plan for the phased renovation
of the Library and to provide programming, interior design and
full architectural services. The project team included consultants
for structural engineering, mechanical engineering, code analysis
and cost analysis.
Phase One, the renovation of Level Two
of the library included reorganization of the public spaces to
better accommodate study areas for students. Circulation and
information desks were reworked to provide easier access to students
and better traffic flow.
Interior design services included selection
of tables, chairs, and lounge seating as well as designing a
new visual environment that included specialized tile floor patterns
for the main areas. The auditorium on Level Two was redesigned
with new seating as well as new floor and wall finishes.
Phase Two, the renovation of Level Four
(due to start construction in March 2002) includes renovation
and enclosure of balconies and the four-story main stair well
to solve sound, HVAC, and space deficiencies as well as complete
reorganization of the stack area to comply with accessability
requirements and need for additional study areas. Also included
in the project is the expansion, reconfiguration and redesign
of the library administration suite and the suite utilized by
the University for development activities and conferences.
Phase Three, the renovation of Level Three
(planned for 2003) will include conversion of the existing computer
center into new stack and special collections areas along with
reorganization of the library support facilities areas. Level
Three currently houses a nationally known aeronautical collection.
The space for the collection will be expanded and reorganized.