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Newton Gresham Library Renovation

featuring the Academic Success Center

student service area rendering

A major renovation of the first and second floors of the Newton Gresham Library is underway, starting in May 2020. The first floor will be transformed into open study and collaboration zones. The second floor will be made into a patron-service and research centered floor with a full-service Starbucks. The Academic Success Center will also move into the Library, making NGL the central hub for learning, teaching, research, and collaboration.

This is NGL's most significant renovation project since its opening in 1968. Construction began on May 4 and will continue through the end of 2020, with plans to have everything completed by early the following spring.

Read more about the renovation plan in NGL Executive Director Eric Owen's early March interview in the Houstonian.


NGL Executive Director

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Eric Owen
Room 207B, Library (NGL)

Renovation Rationale

Since opening in 1969 the Newton Gresham Library has undergone only minor renovations to address immediate needs and changes to the campus curriculum and culture. The current project serves as a major rethinking of the library and its role on Sam Houston State University’s campus. A key motivation is the consolidation and integration of the University’s Academic Success Center into the library. The combination of the Newton Gresham Library and Academic Success Center demonstrates a key evolutionary trend in University Libraries – moving away from a facility viewed solely as a repository for books and documents, and towards a recognition of the library as a comprehensive academic and scholarly learning center.


Project Highlights

  • Enhanced entries on both 1st and 2nd floors.
  • New Academic Success Center (ASC) collaboration, instructional, offices, and tutoring spaces on both 1st and 2nd floors.
  • Relocation and reconfiguration of library circulation service points on 1st and 2nd floor.
  • Addition of a new research commons space on 2nd floor.
  • Unification of many library personnel and services into a new collocated Public Services office on the 2nd floor and Technical Services office on the 1st floor.
  • Relocation and expansion of existing library instructional spaces to 2nd floor coupled with the addition of new ASC active learning spaces on the 1st floor.
  • Seventeen new group study and conference spaces/rooms across the north and east sides of the 1st and 2nd floors.
  • Expanded seating and study options on the 1st floor (including exterior patio furniture on the north and east sides.)
  • New closed compact shelving location on 1st floor allowing for consolidation of closed stacks, archival and lesser used materials into a smaller footprint (with better climate control) freeing space on 1st and 2nd floors for other purposes.

Architectural Rendering Images & New Floor Plans

Project Details

Project Details

Design Phase - August 2019 - April 2020

Construction Phases -  April 2020 through December 2020

Completed Renovation - Spring Semester 2021

Architect Shepley Bulfinch
Engineers MEP/ FP - Collaborative Engineer Group (CEG)
Structural -  Ensight Haynes Whaley
General Contractor Kitchell Contractors, Inc


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