April 18, 2011

Kelvin Smith Library Names Winners of Redesign Competition

KSL Redesign floor plan
The winning team's proposed floor plan.

Kelvin Smith Library announced the winners of the student competition to redesign the first floor of the library. The team composed of Case Western Reserve University students Jack Brady and Sam Roberts and Cleveland Institute of Art students Amanda Rush and Chelsey Finnimore won the first place prize of $2,500.

Two teams will share second place and receive awards of $1,125: The team of Case Western Reserve students Chen-Dah Chiang, Maeve Goede, Jennifer Huang and Richard Pham; and the other team of CWRU student Shuang Chen and CIA student Justin Pintabona. The ideas generated by the teams will be blended into a conceptual design to generate donor interest in funding the transformation.

“It was exciting and rewarding to see such a strong level of student dedication and engagement in this important effort to advance library services—not just for their own benefit but for future generations of students,” said Arnold Hirson, associate provost and university librarian.

Student teams were tasked with generating proposals that envisioned the transformation of KSL into a “vibrant intellectual community center for campus learning and research,” by adding, relocating or eliminating library services, functions or features. Evaluation criteria included the creativity, cost-effectiveness, practicality and sustainability.

An evaluation panel composed of Hirshon; Richard Bischoff, vice president of enrollment management; Joanne Brown, director of architectural service, campus planning and design; Lev Gonick, vice president of Information Technology Services; Sarah Gridley, assistant professor in the Department of English; Feng-Li Laughlin, PhD student in chemistry and president of the Chinese Student Scholars Association; Elise Lindsay, director of International Student Services; Richard Ortmeyer, principal at Bostwick Design Partnership; Dean Patterson, associate vice president for student affairs; Charles Rozek, dean of graduate studies; James Sheeler, professor in the Department of English; and Lynn Singer, deputy provost.

“All of the teams exceeded our expectations. They conducted valuable research and generated highly professional proposals and presentations,” Hirshon said. “The evaluators were impressed that the proposals were carefully prepared, cohesive, and persuasive, and that they provided a wealth of creative, thought-provoking, insightful and practical solutions.”

The students’ proposals and associated materials are available on the Kelvin Smith Library website. The site also includes the original request for proposals (RFP) to which the students responded.

Contact Hirshon for more information.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, April 18, 2011 09:24 AM | News Topics: Campus Life

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