Russell Library – Heritage Hall

Georgia College & State University



6,600 SF

Higher Education, Historic, Renovation
About This Project

In 1999, CMA participated in an extensive renovation/expansion of the Ida Dillard Russell Library. We were invited back to campus in 2014 to assist with transforming the original section of the library, built in 1926, into Heritage Hall. To support Georgia College & State University’s liberal arts mission by creating a flexible, multi-use space that will host a wide range of exhibits and educational programs, the Living Room showcases how the college has evolved through the lens of prominent donations – marking college milestones and recognizing individuals who contributed to the growth of the university. It is a space for entertaining guests, lounging, and staging events held in the galleries and education room. This space features an 84” interactive touch table, interactive monitors, murals, diorama cases, and a variety of seating arrangements, with furniture selections by CMA. In homage to the original building, the “Living Room” was renovated to reflect the architectural style of its interiors, including highly detailed millwork of classical styling and proportion.

Retaining its function as a museum, the facility houses 5 galleries that display University Archives, Flannery O’Connor exhibits, a History and Culture gallery, and the Usery Leadership Gallery which exhibits the University’s growing collection. Each is outfitted with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and display cases designed by Healy Kohler Design, housing delicate and historical artifacts that provide a window into the past of Georgia College and State University. The Pat Peterson Museum Education Room was upgraded with new finishes and audio/visual equipment that provide continuity with the Living Room and Gallery spaces.

Building system components were concealed in ceilings, soffits, and existing storage spaces; hence, no exposed wire mold, piping, etc. as is commonly found in older buildings. The result was a redefined historical space with the efficiency and comfort of modern systems.

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