PCL Collaborative Commons
Completed August 2013, the PCL Collaborative Commons is a renovated area on the 5th floor of the building. The renovations are the result of student feedback collected in the fall semester of 2012.
Students indicated they wanted the following:
- More electrical outlets
- Access to collaborative technologies
- Increased seating capacity
- More versatile and varied furniture options
- More white boards
Those preferences guided the transformation of approximately 3500 square feet of space on the 5th floor and the addition of:
- More than 150 new seats which can support up to 30 simultaneous study groups ranging in size from four to 15 people
- Flexibility within the space to allow for even more small groups or fewer groups even larger than 15 people
- Over 100 new electrical outlets, both on the floor and in the tabletops, so that each new seat has access to a plug
- Three embedded walk-up media:scape stations (total of six screens)
- Nearly 1,000 square feet of mobile and wall-mounted white board space, including 15 new rolling white boards
- The latest, fastest wireless (wifi) access points to replace older technology in the area
While the Collaborative Commons is considered to be a discrete space within PCL, it will also be used as a prototype for future changes to PCL and the UT Libraries.
Click here for more information on the Collaborative Commons (PDF slide deck), including the information-gathering process.