Payson Library and Pendleton Learning Center Remodel/Renovation

AC Martin

Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase

Payson Library and Pendleton Learning Center Remodel/Renovation

Project Information

Facility Use: 4-year Institution
Project Type: Renovation
Location: Malibu, CA
District/Inst.: Pepperdine University
Chief Administrator: Nicolle Taylor
Completion Date: August 2017
Gross Area: 70,856 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 21 sq. ft.
Site Size: 1 acre
Current Enrollment: 3,427 (Seaver College)
Capacity: 1,797 students
Cost per Student: $9,387
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $238
Total Cost: $18,869,000

Payson Library and Pendleton Learning Center Remodel/RenovationPayson Library is the cornerstone of Pepperdine University’s student learning community. Built more than 40 years ago, it was one of the last buildings on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus with original building systems, and it required modernization of its physical spaces and infrastructure to remain the “heart of the institution.” The recently completed renovation project imagined a 21st-century learning-living environment with a more intuitive and progressive user-friendly educational and social experience, and delivered a destination far exceeding the university community’s expectations and setting the standard for campus space development.

Payson Library and Pendleton Learning Center Remodel/RenovationFocusing on the transformational trend of library spaces and new student uses, the university updated the library’s interior design to emphasize openness and collaboration. We reduced the on-site books by half, removed interior walls and broadened the entryway, utilized glass walls to capture natural light, and created intimate learning environments.

Among a long list of creative enhancements, the library now includes expanded and varied study areas (soft seating, historic tables, a learning commons, individual study carrels, and triple the number of study rooms), upgrades to the special collections and archives spaces, a centralized student academic assistance center, a maker lab, event and classroom spaces, fireplaces, a patio, and a Starbucks store.

Judges Comments

Nice variety of spaces, each evoking a specific “feel.” I applaud their planning approach. I particularly like the patio and fire pit.

Payson Library and Pendleton Learning Center Remodel/RenovationArchitect(s):

AC Martin