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BUILDING STORIES

The Alfred R. Goldstein library, a facility
described by its namesake as "the heart
and the brain of our institution," was
originally located on the first floor of a
building on the east side of the Ringling
College of Art and Design's campus in
Sarasota, Florida. The college has now
given the library its own three-story structure in the heart of the campus.
CHALLENGE: In 2011, Ringling College administrators wanted to honor what
the library represented to Alfred R. Goldstein, a benefactor of the college who
served on the board for 15 years. They
did so by relocating it to central campus.
The desired location, however, would
have needed a great deal of demolition,
so they chose a site that required only
demolition of an academic facility and
adjacent parking lot.
A problem remained: Two busy city
streets intersected at the desired point,
and the city denied the college's request
to vacate a portion of the road, says Tracy
Wagner, vice president for finance and
administration.
SOLUTION: Ringling College installed
crosswalks and speed tables to slow traffic
at the intersection. Meanwhile, other construction projects inadvertently shifted the
institution's boundaries, placing the library
site at the new center of campus.
The nearly 50,000-square-foot facility,
with three stories, quadruples the size
of the old library. Those who climb the
building's weaving, open staircase notice
that each floor gets quieter. The ground
floor, a hub of activity with a café and
multiple departments, leads to workspaces and a resource center. At the top is
the library's open collection of 123,000
pieces. Each level flows out onto terraces.
"We had very high hopes that this
new building would become the new
heart and brain of the institution," says
www.universitybusiness.com

JEREMY BITTERMAN

Alfred R. Goldstein College Library
at the Ringling College of Art and Design

RAINBOWS AND FURNITURE-Bright
pops of color identify the library's
program areas, including a room for
gaming studies and a 24-hour learning
laboratory with computers and Cintiq
interactive displays. The furnishings
decorating the building were chosen
by students who went to a fair hosted
by architect Shepley Bulfinch.

Wagner. "And in that, it has exceeded our
wildest dreams."
COST: $20 million
COMPLETED: January 2017
PROJECT TEAM: Associate architect:
Sweet Sparkman; contractor: Willis
Smith Construction; structural engineer:
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer:
TLC Engineering; civil engineer: George
F. Young; landscape architect: David W.
Johnston Associates-Steven Blackburn
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