Colby College Miller Library Renovation

Waterville, Maine

The Miller Library at Colby College is the centerpiece of the campus and the heart of the academic environment. Accommodating changes in library use as well as a desire to upgrade systems and restore significant historic features of the venerable building were priorities as Colby embarked on this major 72,000 square foot, 4-story renovation.

Harriman’s design responded to program changes with the integration of several new departments into the library including the humanities and writer’s centers. Reader accommodations were increased in type and amount with the restoration of the historic reading room, expansion of the information commons and the addition of study lounges.

Extensive work to the building’s infrastructure involved new HVAC systems for the library and special collections areas, a new electrical service, telecommunications systems, lighting, power and fire alarm upgrades. Construction was phased over two summers while portions of the building remained occupied.

This project achieved LEED Gold certification.

Photography by Trent Bell

Colby College Miller Libraray renovation was selected to appear in the American School & University 2016 Educational Interiors Showcase