Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons Photo courtesy of James Haefner/SHW Group

Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. The SHW Group incorporated an Automated Storage and Retrieval System into Grand Valley State University’s new library and freed up space for new collaborative and social spaces.

Thinking ahead

The challenge of designing buildings that address the needs of the 21st century classroom continues to drive architects and school administrators to reimagine even the most classic educational spaces.

The challenge of designing buildings that address the needs of the 21st century classroom continues to drive architects and school administrators to reimagine even the most classic educational spaces.

An example of this progressivism is the school library, where stacks of books and a once universal quiet zone have been replaced with a mixture of spaces with varying noise levels.

“There’s a lot of movement in the library space, a lot of fluidity,” says Karen Ga

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