Beginning Monday, April 4, the Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library on the Health Sciences Campus at Augusta University will begin the second phase of a major renovation project that totals $4.9 million.
The new phase of the project includes plans for a new main entrance to the library from Laney-Walker Boulevard and doubles the number of group study spaces on the second floor to 12 (each with eight seats and a conference table). The renovation also features a one-stop shop for student support services, as well as creating the infrastructure for a future new dining option for students, faculty and staff.
“This significant investment in the Greenblatt Library on the medical campus demonstrates Augusta’s commitment to the vital space libraries provide for the university community,” said Brad Warren, Augusta University’s dean of libraries.
“The new entrance will establish a striking presence on Laney-Walker, allow for expanded access to essential services and increased seating and study options for our students. I am so excited to join Augusta at the beginning of this project and look forward to the positive impact it will make for our students, faculty, researchers and patients for years to come!”
During the Greenblatt renovation project, which is scheduled to last through the fall of this year, the second floor will be closed to traffic by students, faculty and staff, but the functions will remain available. Those wishing to access the books and periodicals on the second floor will be able to do so by requesting materials from library staff.
To accommodate the need for study spaces during the project, there will be increased study areas and seating on the first floor.
As with any construction project, there will be noise, so the library staff will post progress updates on the Greenblatt blog, which can be accessed on the library’s web page.
Warren has extensive experience in the strategic planning and facilities development necessary to lead a research library. At the University of Cincinnati, he led the twofold expansion of seating and study options in the 24/7 space at the main library.
At Yale University, he co-led the team responsible for the $20 million Sterling Memorial Library Nave restoration project, implementing a radical redesign of library services and spaces.
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