Faculty and students alike wanted an active, modern space with a relaxed atmosphere.
Ada, Ohio Ohio Northern University teamed with The Collaborative to re-energize the first floor of Heterick Library. Working with ONU staff, Library leaders and students, the resulting plan has an open feel with distinct zones for Lounging, Creative Innovation and Collaboration.
Each area provides a different level of quiet for a variety of studying needs. The open collaboration zone offers technology and whiteboards for group sharing. Semi-enclosed areas and small group study rooms offer technology and increased privacy. New modern carrals are oriented to face out to the space, instead of against a wall.
To draw students in, the Library will offer a new cafe with grab and go section, baked goods, smoothies and coffee. The cafe will be open extended hours and the library will be open until midnight.
Light fixtures will be updated to include dimmable LEDs and meet the campus Energy Master Plan standard.