300,000 books, 82 staff and 700 students were considered when Allen Jack and Cottier (AJ+C) designed this new, five-storey, 6700 square metre library. “A modern research and study centre, our design is for an efficient, inspiring and user-friendly library that consolidates facilities from two campuses”, says Scott Norton, Director, AJ+C. The new library also accommodates centralised Library administrative services for five other UWS campuses.

Schiavello provided future proof furniture solutions which supports a range of both private study zones and collaborative environments. Freestanding Marina workstations and meeting tables are utilised in a range of individual zig-zag workstation clusters and in group meeting arrangements. Sit-to-stand Krossi workstations and meeting tables were installed for their flexible accessibility and ease of use. Electric, fixed height and hand-wide adjustable options catering for a variety of users and wheel chair access. Kase and Ultimet storage solutions can be found on level five in offices for individual storage, and System 45 creates privacy for individual study.

The project also highlights Schiavello’s innovative capabilities to address client specific needs. The Humanscale notebook holder and M2 monitor arm were refitted into a moveable phone tray to accommodate a librarian shared phone system. Lockable desk top power and data cable boxes were also custom developed to restrict student access, while upholstered pin boards were created to compliment the Kase storage solutions in the offices.

“We worked closely with Schiavello to provide staff and students with customised solutions that enhanced the potential of their working environment. Schiavello approached the project with a collaborative and positive attitude. We were able to work through options and ideas, and come up with the best outcome”, says Mr Norton.

The Penrith library has been very well received, with similar Schiavello pieces subsequently included in an upgrade to the UWS Hawkesbury campus library.