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Entrance Floor Renovation

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The transformation of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library's second floor into an attractive, state-of-the-art, student-oriented entrance floor began in early 2011 when student groups were invited to provide input for a concept study on renovation options. As part of the fiscal year 2012 operating and capital budgets, the George Washington University Board of Trustees approved a $16 million renovation project for Gelman Library. 

Beyond the new entrance staircase leading directly from Kogan Plaza, the renovated entrance floor is now a cutting-edge cooperative learning space that integrates current technology with design elements requested directly by students. The collaborative space hosts services, including the Help Desk, Check Out Desk, five technology-enabled group study rooms, and the GW Writing Center. In addition, the space showcases flatbed scanners, a combination of iMacs and PC desktops with specialized software, along with plentiful USB-charging locations.

The Data Visualization Room, designed by Academic Technologies, features a 4K 3-D display screen, a newly-released 3-D ceiling camera, and a THX-certified 7.1 surround sound audio system with a 3-D capable Blu-ray player. The room stands at the forefront of emerging technologies, employing the newest 3-D equipment to enrich the learning experience at GW. It allows instructors to teach using materials in an unprecedented way. Two 3-D printers have recently been added to this space, as well.

The floor demonstrates excellence through collaboration and innovation. It was designed and successfully launched through them teamwork of several GW departments, and the union of of multiple services, spaces, and technology in the Gelman Library creates an unparalleled experience for GW students, faculty, and staff.

How you can help

The Gelman Library continues to raise philanthropic funds to support the technology needs on the Entrance Floor. A gift of any size will help meet our goal. There are a number of naming opportunities available to donors able to make gifts over $10,000.

For more information about how to support this collaborative study environment, please contact Tracy Sullivan, Director of Development, at (202) 994-8928.

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