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September 30, 2008
Issue No. 78

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New School of Engineering Commons Building/Engineering Library Coming

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by Helen Josephine

Construction is underway on the second building of the new School of Engineering Quad (SEQ2), which will be the new home of the Engineering Library. The library will be part of the School of Engineering Commons Building created to be a "hub" for the School. The Commons building will house the Dean's Office, conference rooms, a cafˇ, open exhibit space, the School for Professional Development, student lab space and the new Engineering Library.

Artist's rendering of School of Engineering Commons Building.
Artist's rendering of School of Engineering Commons Building.

A dramatic four-level octagon will extend from the engineering center's main building into the SEQ2 courtyard, which will feature a fountain, seating, and landscaped terraces, providing entrances to the first floor of the engineering center and also descending by way of a sloped grand terrace to the building's underground level. Together, these indoor and outdoor spaces create a split-level "engineering commons," which constitutes a portal to the entire SEQ2, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The new library will occupy the second floor of the octagon with an open floor plan to take advantage of the natural light and views of the campus. Library space and services are designed to foster collaboration among students and faculty, and to support discovery and retrieval of print and digital information resources resident in the library and on the Stanford campus.

The New Library Space and Services

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Project Time Line

More Information

The architects for the project are from the firm BOORA Architects, Inc., based in Portland, Oregon. The consulting engineers are from the firm Arup.

For more information about the new library, see the Future Library section on the Engineering Library home page.