• Biotech Commons rendering north facade

  • Biotech Commons proposed entry

  • Quiet Study proposed

The Biomedical Library located on the ground floors of Robert Wood Jonson Pavilion and Edward J. Stemmler Hall consisted of disjointed reading areas and antiquated study carrels with supporting circulation desk, staff offices, group study rooms, a lecture room, and a 3D printing suite.  Books and periodicals are relegated to stacks located in three Mezzanine levels in the basement of Johnson.  The renovation project will upgrade the finishes, furniture, equipment, and building infrastructure to promote learning and discovery at the gateway between the academic and health sciences campuses.

Planning Strategy: 
To transform the Biomedical Library into a modern, technologically sophisticated, flexible-learning facility. The Biotech Commons will serve as a locus of innovation, connecting people both within their communities and across the University and health system.
The Biotech Commons will enable collaboration, interactive learning, and innovation; promote serendipitous connections and community building; provide expanded 3D printing capabilities; support interdisciplinary events and student gatherings; Provide quiet, contemplative study; accommodate student testing in collaboration with the Weingarten Learning Resources Center; and support research consultations with professional library staff. To increase visibility and community connection, the partial brick facade along Hamilton Walk is being opened up with full-height glass. The project is targeting LEED Silver Certification. Completion is scheduled for Spring 2021.
Biotech Commons Location
3610 Hamilton Walk

Biotech Commons

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Gross Area (sq. ft.):
In Construction
Total Project Cost:
Voith & Mactavish Architects
Other Name:
Biomedical Library, Robert Wood Johnson Pavilion, Edward J. Stemmler Hall