Ingram Library Initiates $8 Million Renovation

Friday, February 12, 2010

The University of West Georgia’s Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library will begin an $8 million construction project the first week of March. It is the library’s first renovation since its opening in 1968.

The University of West Georgia’s Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library will begin an $8 million construction project the first week of March. It is the library’s first renovation since its opening in 1968. The project includes the renovation of two floors and the re-creation of the state capitol office of Georgia House Speaker Thomas B. Murphy.

Guided tours of the present-day library and a primer of the upcoming renovation will be presented on Thursdays, February 18 and 25, at 10:15 a.m.

Throughout construction the Ingram Library will remain open for service to the community and faculty, staff and students. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

Phase one of the project will start with construction of temporary walls and will focus on the renovation of the ground floor and the installation of a new elevator shaft.

The first round of major demolition is scheduled to take place during Spring Break on March 22-26 when students will be least impacted by the work.

Phase two, the renovation of the Library’s main floor, is scheduled to begin before Fall Semester 2010. The Ingram Library will remain open for service throughout the construction period. 

The renovation will result in a more flexible study environment with furniture that allows students to design the space to fit their needs and to work more collaboratively. 

In response to student feedback, there will be an increased number of computer stations, the addition of a café and an additional library entrance that faces the Campus Center.    

As part of the renovation, the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, the Center for Public History, the Thomas B. Murphy Center for Public Service, and Georgia’s Political Heritage Program will be located adjacent to the Murphy Office as part of UWG's proposed Center for Civic Engagement.

Parrish Construction of Perry, Georgia, was contracted to do the renovation and has agreed to work around the clock, scheduling the noisier work for afterhours.

For more information on the renovation, e-mail askal@westga.edu.