In 2002, Hastings+Chivetta was commissioned by the University of Tulsa to update its 1995 Master Plan and conduct a campus-wide space utilization study. Hastings+Chivetta’s results identified several projects critical to the campus, which the firm was then asked to site and design.
The new Academic Technology Center at McFarlin Library – originally built in 1929 – brings the facility into the 21st century. Spaces include two “iClass” electronic classrooms, which professors can reserve for classes requiring the library’s resources. Two “iLab” computing centers, with 40 computers each, are open 24/7 and include their own restrooms and vending.
In the existing facilities, the computer centers were converted into reading rooms. Power and wireless technology was upgraded and fire protection and security doors were improved.
New social venues include a coffee bar on the second floor and the Gray Student Commons on the third floor, which has comfortable furniture and a wet bar.
The addition left one face of the Collegiate Gothic stone exterior exposed in the interior of the building, and skylights allow natural light to flood the space. The redesign introduced two new entrances for increased accessibility and security.