Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, delivered planning, programming, architectural, and interior design services out of its Tulsa, Oklahoma, office for the project. An official opening ceremony will be held on May 13, 2022.

“It’s satisfying to see the critical needs identified by the staff and students brought to life,” says Dewberry Senior Project Manager Nathan Sauber, RA, LEED AP, DBIA, NCARB. “When we first began working on this project, we conducted a study that evaluated the existing building, the location of the facility on the campus, and the current and future needs of students, faculty, and staff. Now complete, the design meets those needs with opportunities for 24/7 student access and an increase of areas that support learning, collaboration, and interaction. Our team feels incredibly honored to be part of such a transformational process.”

The project included the renovation of a 12,500-square-foot, three-story original building built in 1949, and the demolition of a 5,500-square-foot, two-story addition built in 1976. In addition to renovating the existing space, Dewberry designed a new 19,400-square-foot, four-story addition.

The Wright Library and Information Center now houses a high-tech learning classroom, collaboration spaces, a media lab, a distance learning classroom, conference rooms, reading room, and the largest flexible assembly space on campus that can be used for banquets, classroom, lectures, and board meetings.