Northeastern University - Snell Library

  • Owner:
    Northeastern University
  • Architect:
    MGA Partners
  • Scope:
    Snell Library Innovation Center Renovation
  • Location:
    Boston, MA

Columbia is completing a series of major modifications to Snell Library – a bustling hub of campus life. The completely remodeled fourth floor boasts comfortable, naturally lit spaces for both quiet study and active collaboration. The new lower level offers ample seating, conference rooms, and a book collection area, showcasing the university’s archives and special collections. Working in phases, the first floor will also be updated with a glass-enclosed event space while the second and third floors will also be modernized. 

Renovations to restrooms on four floors have provided upgraded framing, fixtures, finishes, and MEP/FP systems. Additionally, the library’s heat riser and distribution system have been replaced in a carefully phased renovation across all five floors of the building.

The library’s main stair has been completely renovated from the basement to the fourth floor. The unique stairway with a top-to-bottom hanging light fixture and glass walls connects students to specialized areas on each floor. With the use of operable fire partitions, the stair was converted to an egress stair, while also opening it up visually with glass. 

The multi-year renovation of the entire library aims to meet the rapidly changing research and learning needs of the university community.