John Peace Library renovations provide improved spaces for collaboration, studying
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has completed the first phase of the Heart of the Campus renovations project to the third floor of the John Peace Library, providing improved learning and collaborative areas. With more natural light, new furniture and additional places to study, the JPL will continue to be a welcoming space for all.
Renovation efforts were spearheaded by the university’s Real Estate, Construction and Planning team. Student and staff focus groups held during the project's planning stages identified how improvements in lighting and study space would help create an engaging environment for study and research.
In addition to structural improvements to the building itself, collaborative and individual workspaces were added along with contemporary furniture to enhance the environment for learning, studying and working.
A primary focus of the renovation was the removal of large sections of the precast concrete wall panels on the north and south sides of the building. In their place are new floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a brighter space with natural light and views of the Main Campus. Interior spaces were reconfigured to allow natural light to reach further into the building. These improvements create an inviting and inspirational space that encourages collaboration, innovation and discovery.
UTSA continually aspires to be a model for student success, a great public research university, and an example for others in terms of strategic growth and innovative excellence. The recent upgrades to the John Peace Library directly align with the long-term strategy of UTSA as the university seeks to improve the learning atmosphere for students, faculty and staff.