Peterson Memorial Library Renovates for Comfort
Project Will Bring New Flooring, Painting, Lighting, and Furnishings
By: Camlynne Waring
The Peterson Memorial Library will be getting a “face lift” just in time for the new school year. New flooring, painting, lighting, and furnishings are all part of the multi-phase renovation project for the building, which has served students since May of 1944. Students asked for new, comfortable furniture, says Carolyn Gaskell, director of libraries. The project will address that need, she says.
The university is working with local contractors Renovation Specialists and Doyle Electric, with the goal of completing the first phase in time for JumpStart, an orientation session in mid-September for freshmen and new students.
The first phase includes the lobby ceiling, lighting, carpeting, painting, and furniture plus the ceiling, lighting, and painting in the foyer. The library will be closed from Aug. 13 to Sept. 3 while this work is done.
In future phases, the room formerly known as the Archives Room will be converted into a technology group study room and the reference room will receive some new furnishings.
The project, an initiative from President John McVay, is under the consultation of Dean Rodeheaver, the owner and vice president of Credo Higher Education, formerly Performa Higher Education, and designer Bonnie Toland, of Workshop Architects, Inc.