Once home to over 500,000 books and journals, the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) at the University of Michigan is now a technologically-advanced learning space for the Medical School.
Ballinger led the Medical School through a comprehensive project formation and benchmarking effort to determine the most effective design for a 21st century library space. The resulting 137,000 SF addition and renovation transformed the building into a light-filled, flexible facility that promotes collaboration and hands-on learning. In addition to programming, Ballinger served as the design architect and worked closely with local architect of record TMP Architecture.
Ballinger’s design rejuvenated the building by replacing windowless brick walls with nearly 18,000 SF of low-e glass. Double-height, naturally-lit lounges create an open, transparent environment. The new library contains simulation suites, classrooms, collaboration labs and study areas.
Students and faculty can choose from a wide variety of flexible study and meeting space. A new café and lounge welcome students and encourage spontaneous inter-disciplinary collaboration. Students hone their skills in THSL’s 30 realistic patient care rooms and by using the Anatomage Table, a life-sized interactive visualization system for anatomy education.