Learning Commons Ribbon Cutting

(April 24, 2013) Armstrong will hold a public ribbon cutting for the university's new Learning Commons on Monday, April 29 at 3:00p.m. The Learning Commons is a technology-rich resource for students and faculty to study, collaborate, and interact. The 14,000-square-foot building holds Mac and PC computer labs, interactive technology tables, audio/video editing room, library reference rooms, group study spaces, seating for 300, a lecture space, and more.

The Learning Commons is an adaptive reuse project and has been designed to LEED Gold standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. Through the project, Armstrong was able to repurpose the original student union, built in 1965. More recently, the structure housed Information Technology Services (ITS) before the department was consolidated and moved to the Armstrong Center. The architect for the project was Savannah-based Cogdell Mendrala Architects.

“Armstrong wanted to expand its library services and technology for students, and we also needed to consolidate our campus information technology services,” said David Carson, Armstrong's vice president for business and finance. “In line with the university's commitment to sustainability and good fiscal stewardship of state funds, we decided to move ITS to an existing structure and repurpose their building for the new Learning Commons. The location of the Learning Commons in the center of the academic quad was chosen to enhance the opportunity for student success."

Sustainable features of the building include a vegetated “green roof” and rooftop solar panels, which are expected to save nearly 20 percent of total energy costs. A monitor inside the Learning Commons will run a continuous display of total energy consumption and solar panel savings.