Neighbor, Solo, Hush, Fly, Coconut, Julie, Womb, Stones, Campfire, Happy. QUESTION: What do those words all have in common? ANSWER: They are all names of individual pieces of furniture being considered for the Academic Commons, DU’s new library, scheduled to open in Winter 2013. Everyone in the DU community is welcome and encouraged to attend the Academic Commons Furniture Fair on February 7 and 8, to help determine which pieces will be purchased for the new facility.
As you probably know, DU is building what promises to be a wonderful new Penrose Library. Not only have librarians and architects been involved in designing the perfect place to provide traditional library services along with a variety of academic support programs, the newest technology, and a lively café with a porch overlooking Carnegie Green, but a decade worth of user experience surveys were considered in plans for the building. Sure, we have expert architects working with the University’s own architect, and we have furniture consultants, and a Chancellor who chimes in, but we also need input from the people who matter most: you, the students, faculty and staff for whom the Academic Commons is being built.
We invite you to take a seat and let us know how it feels. We ask that you cast your vote about lounge chairs and sofas, booths, ottomans, task chairs, side tables and computer tables. The Academic Commons Furniture Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 from 11am-7pm in the lowest level of the Ritchie Center. Over 150 pieces under consideration for the new building will be on display. We ask everyone to share their opinion. Feedback will be collected and analyzed, and will help determine the final furniture choices for our new library.
The furniture fair location is the old varsity weight room, on the lower level of the north end of Ritchie Center, accessible by going down the ramp on the north side of the building. Signs will show the way from the south and west sides of the building. For more information, contact Andrea Howland, External Relations Coordinator for Penrose Library, Andrea.Howland@du.edu, 303-871-3958.