Fenwick Library Renovation Adds to Fairfax Campus Quiet Study Areas

Posted: August 31, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 31, 2009 at 8:16 am

By Robin Herron

Comfortable seating in Fenwick Library adds to the study spaces availalble on campus. Mason Gazette photo

Comfortable seating in Fenwick Library adds to the study spaces availalble on campus. Mason Gazette photo

With the addition of new furniture—nearly 1,000 pieces that include upholstered armchairs, study carrels, tables and chairs—Fenwick Library’s renovation that began in 2001 is complete, according to Susan Stockwell, director of ITU Administrative Services.

Renovations to date have included an updated HVAC system, new lighting, new carpeting and additional shelving in the stacks area.

[The next major change to the library will be an extensive addition. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2011.]

The renovation and furnishings add to an ever-expanding list of student study and lounge spaces on the Fairfax Campus. Cathy Wolfe, director of campus planning in Facilities Management, compiled the following list of study areas and lounge spaces currently available.

Student Study/Lounge Spaces on the Fairfax Campus

Academic Buildings: In addition to these open study spaces listed, individual academic programs or departments may have departmental study or lounge spaces that are assigned and administered by the department or college.

  • Fenwick Library – Fenwick Library has approximately 600 study seats throughout the library. The new seating areas are designed to accommodate specific study styles. The open tower study areas have been designated “silent study”; students will find mostly private study carrels with some large tables for spreading out. The study rooms are designated for groups and group work. Wing A is “quiet study,” meaning quiet conversations are permitted. Patrons will find many more lounge style chairs set in small groups as well as large tables for group work.
  • The Engineering Building – This new academic building, which opened in May of 2009, has approximately 100 study seats located throughout the building. The study spaces, a combination of individual and group study areas, are located on each floor of the building, primarily in the west wing.
  • The School of Art Building – This new academic building, which opened in August of 2009, has two open lounge/study areas with six seats each.
  • Science and Tech II – Graduate Lounge/Study Space – Approximately 2,000 square feet have been allocated on the ground floor for graduate student study/lounge space. This space will be available until new spaces are constructed within the Student Union Building II renovation project and the Fenwick Library addition.

Individual carrels in Fenwick Library provide more spaces for silent study. Mason Gazette photo

Individual carrels in Fenwick Library provide more spaces for silent study. Mason Gazette photo

Union Buildings:

  • Johnson Center – Currently there are approximately 1,500 study seats throughout the library portions of the building. There are an additional 495 study seats located on floors two and three within alcove lounges and along the perimeter of the atrium.
  • Student Union Building I – Patriot’s Lounge on the second floor has approximately 50 study/lounge seats, and the East and West Lounges on the third floor contain a total of 48 study seats.

Housing Areas: The Office of Housing and Residence Life can provide information on study lounges within specific residence halls. Typically residential study spaces require key or card access to the space and nonresidential students must gain access as a guest of a resident.

  • Presidents Park – Eisenhower Hall and Hanover Hall have two lounges each located on the ground floor that are open and accessible to all students.
  • Starbucks – This new 24-hour study location in Northern Neck has approximately 60 seats inside and 44 seats outside on the terrace. The seating is a combination of soft lounge seating, counter seating and group seating at tables and chairs.
  • Southside and Skyline Fitness Areas – During hours of operations, there are approximately 40 seats available for study/lounge purposes on the ground floor level of these buildings.

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