Unobstructed views and new programs: renovation transforms dark, 50-year-old library into Indian Trail Innovation Center
For decades, students avoided the library at Indian Trail Junior High School. The space, which had not been updated since it was built more than 50 years ago, offered no natural light, plus its circular shape made it difficult to navigate.
After working with a focus group, Legat created nine different options for reinventing the library as an innovation center. The selected option creates curriculum- and non-curriculum-based spaces that welcome new programming.
The design shapes the 41,400-square-foot renovation around four focal points:
Digital media lab encourages the creation and presentation of digital content
Tactile media lab with movable furniture supports STEM programs
Learning stair with integrated outlets for devices supports student socialization
Second-floor learning tree house displays the innovation center through a large window
The design reorients the entry and replaces opaque walls with glass to put the innovation center on display to passing students. The new glass walls, along with solar tubes and clerestory windows, fill the space with daylight.