University officials and about 150 others were present for the groundbreaking on a $4.4 million renovation and expansion project at KSU’s Horace W. Sturgis Library on Wednesday afternoon. Originally built in 1981, the library is named after the school’s first president, Horace W. Sturgis, who died in 1990.
“We are deeply appreciative of the strong support this project has received from the Board of Regents and the General Assembly, which provided the vital funding that is making this project a reality,” said KSU President Dan Papp. “This renovation and expansion will enable us to meet the growing needs of our 25,000 students, and ensure that the library continues to serve us well in the future.”
The project will encompass design and construction upgrades to expand the current 104,000-square-foot facility by 1,600 square feet and provide a new front entrance to the building.
Plans for the project will also include repurposing the ground and first floors of the library and upgrading electrical, ventilation and plumbing systems.
“It’s exciting,” said David Evans, dean and assistant vice president for library services. “I know every inch of this building and it’s like everything that I’ve seen at KSU, it’s just continued to grow, and there’s a sincere effort on my staff’s part to make the space super functional for the next 50 years.”
Evans, who has worked at the library for 25 years, said this will be the first time any major work has been done on the building since it was constructed 33 years ago.
The building was built for a maximum capacity of 8,000.
“We want to better utilize the existing space by opening up the building and increasing the seating,” Evans said. “We could get close to about 1,000 seats. We now have about 500.”
Upgrades should take about 18 months. A contractor for the project has not been hired but McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture in Johns Creek is responsible for the design.
During the renovations, the library will remain open. Evans said construction will happen in phases so as not to interrupt library use.
However, the library will be closed Saturday, Oct. 19 while the high-voltage generator is replaced.
For more information about Sturgis Library, visit kennesaw.edu/library/.