The Center for Professional Excellence has opened its doors in its new location in the lower level of the AC Buehler library, completing the move from Circle Hall which began in late February.
Susan Swords-Steffen, the director of the library, detailed what the transition period was like, as the library had to coordinate with other departments to make room for the new facility.
“Dr. Carroll and I worked very closely with Andy Joseph from Wight and Company and Bruce Mather to design and plan for the new facility and all the library spaces that needed adjustment to make this work,” she said. “The move itself was accomplished very smoothly. Bruce Mather and everyone from facilities were great to work with, very organized and detail oriented.”
With the CPE now open in the library, Swords-Steffen anticipates a big surge in foot traffic in the library which she plans to adjust to by offering newly furnished study areas as well as more study spaces on the second floor.
“There will be new group study spaces and furniture available on the lower level as well as great access to CPE services and programs,” she said. “We will make the second floor our quiet floor so that students will still have a really quiet study space when they need it. There will also be some more private study spaces on the second floor for checkout when students want to study by themselves, which will make the group study rooms more available to groups.”
The space vacated by the CPE’s move is set to be occupied by the admissions office. Admissions is scheduled to be moved into Circle Hall by June.