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Western Kentucky University Commons at Helm Library

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Fulfilling a desire to create a new destination for students, faculty, and the campus community, the Commons at Helm Library will be a new intellectual hub at the historic academic heart of campus. A team of Gensler education designers worked in partnership with the architect of record, Luckett & Farley, and the university, in order to develop a vision and program that combines social spaces — such as food services venues that can accommodate 900 guests — along with library and student support spaces that will transform the daily life of campus-based students as well as commuter students. Located within a 1930s building that originally housed the university gymnasium, the campus project will completely reconfigure and reimagine the space, while respecting the history of the building.