Modern Learning Commons at Springfield College
AZ Corporation has completed the renovation of the Harold C. Smith Learning Commons at Springfield College. The project involved a total transformation of what was Babson Library, built in 1972. Students now enjoy learning and socializing with the modern amenities of a 21st century learning commons.
The state-of-the-art facility is more than a redesign of the former library. According to Springfield College, it is “reimagining everything about what it means to study, learn, research, refuel, and collaborate on campus.”
The 57,000 square foot commons embraces natural light. Its open floor plan and high ceilings promote collaboration and movement with flexible spaces for students to meet, study, and socialize. ICON Architecture is responsible for the project’s design.
Academic life on the 100-acre Springfield College campus is centered around the Harold C. Smith Learning Commons, which overlooks Naismith Green.
The front of the building, which was once a set of concrete stairs, now serves as an open and welcoming plaza. Inside there are several new features for students to utilize. High tech computers, a technology-enhanced conference room and classrooms, a technology services desk, a 24-hour study room, group study rooms, a patio overlooking the college’s baseball fields, a lactation room and a Starbucks Café all provide a top-level experience for students.
A/Z has a long history of working on college campuses, from maintenance needs to major renovations and upgrades.