Homer Babbidge LibraryUniversity of Connecticut

Originally constructed in 1974, the Homer T. Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut serves as the primary student library on UConn’s rural campus in Storrs, CT. The building received a major seismic structural upgrade in the 1990s, and comprises almost 400,000 square feet over its seven stories. The building was built in a late brutalist style, with a rigid 25’ x 25’ column grid and cast waffle slab ceilings throughout. In 2017, designLAB was selected to design a renovation of the primary floor of the Babbidge Library, the Plaza Level, as well as specific spaces on upper floors, with the twin goals of supporting the overall UConn campus masterplan and pointing the direction forward for future library renovations. DesignLAB has recently completed the programming phase of the $10-13M project, advising UConn on a broad mixture of programs, services, and seating to be included on the renovated Plaza Level. The project is currently in the conceptual design phase, determining sizes, adjacencies, and configurations of Plaza Level program. The project will be completed in phases over the summers of 2019 and 2020.