Location: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Client: Badger High School
Consultants: Shawna Ley, Demco Interiors Solution Consultant; Amber Beal, Demco Interior Designer
Population Served: 1,400 students
Completion Date: June 2018

Prior to their renovation, Badger High School had a very traditional library, with immobile furniture placed in rows and minimal places for students to collaborate. The library lacked soft seating and lounge areas for students to relax and read or work on their laptops. Three desktop computer labs were also contained within the library space, with 30 computers in each lab, taking up a large amount of space. Administrators and staff wanted to transform their outdated spaces into a new library learning center that would feature collegiate-level design and resources.

One of the main goals for the new learning center was to repurpose the computer lab space. Since going 1:1 with Chromebooks, the school no longer saw a need for three computer labs and wanted to replace them with soft seating and mobile furniture to allow students to use their laptops anywhere in the library.

“It was also important to add more collaboration areas to shift our learning space into one where students are working together on critical thinking and class curriculum,” shared Library Media Specialist Rachel Harmeling. “Demco was able to take the ideas I shared and put them into the space.”

The Demco design team created a highly flexible, collaborative environment in a variety of ways. To make the learning center multifunctional, the team incorporated Muzo Kite® Tables and Mix® Stools throughout. These furnishings can easily be rearranged for small-group and large-group work. Muzo tables offer the additional advantage of folding over, nesting, and being rolled out of the way to clear the area for other activities. Dry-erase dividers help separate the larger space into zones so that different activities can take place within the larger space without interrupting learning elsewhere.

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New double-face mobile shelving and mobile display islands showcase the collection, while throughout the learning center, a variety of seating options, including lounge furniture, café tables, and booth seating, invite students to collaborate, study, or relax with reading materials.

To create technology-infused collaboration spaces, the team installed mobile power sources throughout and media tables, which allow students to share multimedia projects in groups. Along with the new furniture, Badger also added a fabrication lab off the library.

“Between the new furniture in our library space and the fab lab, the school and community are excited to see all of the new, 21st century skills that can come from our new space,” said Harmeling. “All of these updates have had a positive effect on students and staff and the library has now become a popular place to collaborate and create.”

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