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McWaters Renovates Popular UofSC Library

January 23, 2020

Modernized & Maximized Spaces for Students 

Our McWaters team recently worked with UofSC administrators and students to modernize the fourth floor of Thomas Cooper Library. The library has long been a popular study spot for students, but with the University’s growing student population, more study space was much needed. Our renovations increase the overall seating capacity by 100. 

Collaborating with Students 

We specialize in creating educational spaces and enjoyed collaborating with UofSC student leaders to make the floor more inviting and functional for students. Together, we reimagined the space, chose versatile furniture, and selected new color palettes. 

Renovating the Space  

The first step of our process was to install Thread—ultra-thin under carpet power distribution—followed by sound masking technology. Then we brought in a range of Steelcase furniture. The pieces we selected give students a variety of comfortable, functional study environments as well as collaborative spaces to learn together.  

Fresh Features & Furnishings 

We debuted new-to-the-market collaborative technology pods—private rooms with glass walls, broadcast screens and whiteboards. These soundproof, climate-controlled study spaces are mobile and can even be moved to different locations.  

The library seating also includes contemporary booth-like couches and bar stools. Or students can set up shop in chairs akin to first-class airline seats with footrests, lights and movable tabletops. 

The study areas have charging ports and white noise machines to reduce distractions. 

"We're absolutely the flagship. We're absolutely the leader. The other libraries look to us in terms of what we're doing." 
UofSC Dean of Libraries, Thomas McNally

We were thrilled to help UofSC design a "library of the future," and we're committed to bringing students the latest trends and technology to meet their needs.

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