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Facilities Master Plan

Project description

Library and Technology Services has engaged the architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott (SBRA) to develop a master plan for future renovations of Farber, Goldfarb, and Gerstenzang Libraries as well as the Feldberg Communications Center and Rapaporte Treasure Hall. SBRA President Carole Wedge and Senior Associate Janette Blackburn will be working on this project.

SBRA's charge is to:

  • Develop a Master Plan for future renovations to LTS spaces. The goal of this effort is to identify areas for renovation that will enhance the environment for students and faculty, support the curricular and learning goals of Brandeis, and facilitate the working integration of the Library and Technology staff and services.
  • Perform assessment of the existing interior space utilization, arrangement, condition, character and their correlation with LTS' programmatic goals and objectives. This will include evaluation of the mechanical, electrical, structural and supporting building systems.
  • Create a Phasing Plan for the Master Plan, guiding the University in the future achievement of the identified renovations. This effort will include cost estimating of various projects, as subsequent phases, and recommendations for prioritization of projects.

While this project progresses, LTS will actively solicit input from faculty, staff, and students. For more information about this space planning effort, please review the project documents and periodic project news updates available on this page. For more information about Shepley Bulfinch and their work, please visit

Project news

May 11, 2005: Carole Wedge and Jannette Blackburn from SBRA conducted a second focus group for faculty and three focus groups for Library & Technology staff members.

May 4, 2005: Carole Wedge and Jannette Blackburn from SBRA conducted a focus group with Brandeis faculty members to gather additional input for the planning process.

April 27, 2006: Carole Wedge and Jannette Blackburn from SBRA conducted focus groups with undergraduate and graduate students to gather input for the master planning process.

April 11, 2006: Carole Wedge and Jannette Blackburn from SBRA delivered a presentation to members of the Library & Technology Services Advisory Committee (LTSAC) about current models for planning and revitalizing library spaces. Wedge and Blackburn also presented a proposal for information gathering with student, faculty, staff and staff constituencies as well as a timeline for development of master plan recommendations. Faculty and student members of LTSAC offered suggestions and input.

Project documents

Bringing the University Community into the Library (PDF)
Slides presented by SBRA to members of the Library & Technology Services Advisory Committee (LTSAC)
April 11, 2006

Master Planning Process (PDF)
Process and timeline document presented by SBRA to LTSAC members
April 11, 2006

Master Plan and Appendices to Master Plan (PDFs) (UNet login required)
Master plan for future renovations of LTS facilities
November 2006