East Central College, Beuscher Hall, Library and Learning Center, Union, Missouri
Building for Accessibility: The existing library in Beuscher Hall was a multi-level space that provided little natural light. To improve accessibility to people with limited mobility, the renovation in-filled large depressed sections of the floor and removed interior demising walls to create an open floor plan. Specialized rooms for group and private study, testing services, adaptive labs, and instruction ring the perimeter of the space.
Architect: Lawrence Group
Size: 8,650 sq. ft. (library), 11,500 sq. ft. (learning center), 60,000 sq. ft. (full building)
Cost: $10.9 million (total)
Photo: Alise O’Brien & Alex Duenwald