Rosensweig Learning Commons

The Rosensweig Learning Commons came to fruition from the realization that student learning is shifting away from a traditional library model.

Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges decided to com-bine Library, Information Technology Services and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The design team included faculty stakeholder as well as staff from the three divisions The team also worked closely with a student advisory board. The group's intent was to create a warm and welcoming space that supports multiple modes of teaching and learning in a flexible and dynamic facility.

Interior design is a combination of new building materials and furniture with a palette of rich fabrics and cherry wood to foster the synergy between the history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the modernity needed to attract new students.

The project reaffirms the state-of-the-art Warren Hunting Smith Library and the L. Thomas Melly Academic Center as the heart of the academic community at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where learning takes place in a complex environment that cultivates the research and technical skills for lifelong learning.

Hobart & William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY 2008
  $2,400,000 26,000 sqft. Higher Education
  Interior Renovation