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Texas State Seeks CMAR to Renovate Alkek Library

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The Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University.


Posted: 6-8-2017, 10:44 a.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

San Marcos (Hays County) - The Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University is slated to undergo a major renovation and modernization for which the TSU System wants to hire a Construction Manager at Risk.

A scope of work statement in a Request for Qualifications that was issued last month states, "Texas State University's intent is to transform the current Library into a Learning Commons--a modern, up-to-date facility that is functional and flexible; and is an inviting, welcoming, desirable place for study, research, and collaboration.

"Texas State University is seeking design services to repurpose and renovate the designated 175,189 gross (of) square feet spaces over the first four levels to accommodate the services, functions, and user spaces in a different way that is reflective of today's academic libraries incorporating sophisticated technology with comfortable, adaptable furnishings and equipment that support educational and research pursuit, i.e., the Alkek Library Learning Commons."

Texas State has given this project a construction cost estimate of $5,805,000. This is Project ID 2017-48FB in the VBX database.

The Alkek Library is 25 years old and Texas State recently completed an infrastructure upgrade that involved increasing the library's electrical and data capacity, and installing raised access flooring on the second floor to support the initial Learning Commons area.


User representatives and stakeholders, through a series of building tours, interviews, meetings and workshops, identified numerous needs. The following goals are to be fulfilled to complete the renovations:

  • Develop areas within the Learning Commons to support a variety of flexible, collaborative, interactive Centers to provide student and faculty opportunities for exploration with rich and emerging technology. The Centers will include a virtual reality space, a maker space, a GIS/data research hub and a digital media/presentation practice space named the One Touch Studio in the programming report.
  • Provide customer service areas to facilitate and enhance the user experience with the Learning Commons. This includes provision of assistance with research and location of materials and check out of equipment and materials as well as IT support.
  • Create computer stations which offer multiple options for utilizing library-owned or patron-owned computers.
  • Provide printing kiosks that are easy to find and easily accessible from adjacent computer areas.
  • Create a space for a café on the entry level (second floor) with dedicated exterior access. Café will provide snacks, drinks, small meals and indoor as well as outdoor seating spaces.
  • Create informative spaces for meeting and gathering by using all available niches and alcoves within the building to provide as much seating as possible.
  • Provide student study spaces in a variety of different types, sizes, and locations.
  • Provide spaces throughout the Learning Commons to exhibit and showcase art created by students, faculty, and or other artists. Exhibit spaces may be located among spaces or within dedicated areas.
  • Develop classrooms with robust infrastructure to support flexible changing technologies and teaching pedagogies.

The deadline for the submittal of RFQs is June 12 and Texas State will issue the Request for Proposals, based on a shortened list, on June 22. The RFPs are due July 25 and made public in th 28th.

Texas State plans to select a CMAR by mid-August and award a contract on September 12. The university wants to be able to approve the design development documents by May 2018 and issue the Notice to Proceed by August 10, 2018. The renovations are expected to be completed by Dec. 20, 2019.

The Alkek Library is the central library on campus. It is home to the Wittliff collections of Southwester Writers and Southwestern & Mexican Photography.



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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.