How to Energize a Campus Learning Center

Systems Furniture Adds Collaborative Area Seating to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library

“The Cofrin Library Commons plays a major role in the academic success of students by providing the necessary resources, services and study environment,” says Paula Ganyard, University Librarian and Director for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. “Students are looking for a place to go for quiet study between classes, to meet classmates, to work on projects or for evening study sessions.” Choosing furniture that encourages that success was a big part of Systems Furniture’s recent project on campus.

The Cofrin Library which opened in 1972 has always been the central heart of the campus. The task for Laura Witbro, Senior Interior Designer at Systems Furniture, was to enhance the current students’ experience in the learning center with new collaborative area seating and options for quiet study. She also added new energy to the interior by choosing colorful, patterned textiles on the seating groups to update the look of the strong, concrete structure of the library building. Ganyard says, “The project is amazing. Students are using it in droves.”

Collaborative Area Seating Options

  • Thinkpod is a comfortable space for a tutor and a student which gives them room to work together while the panel enclosures offer privacy. A variety of pod configurations is available from manufacturer, Fluid Concepts.
  • Arcadia’s Hush unit is a modular couch which allows seven people to meet and the tall back keeps the conversation contained.
  • Trellis by izzy+ is an inspiring design that combines a panel and an open basket weave roofline to create a team workspace complete with marker boards.
  • Arcadia’s Co-op is a unique collaborative area seating solution which includes booth seating and a table with an overhead canopy. It is the perfect space for a one-on-one brainstorming session.
  • Arcadia’s Infinium angular-styled seating group of lounge chairs and stools invite students to study in the updated learning center.

Systems Furniture’s team was proud to work with university staff to provide a modern library experience for their students. Our interior designers and account managers work with business, government and healthcare as well as higher education. We travel to meet with clients throughout northeastern Wisconsin from Fond du Lac to Green Bay and central Wisconsin from Wausau to Eau Claire. We provide expertise in everything from collaborative area seating to office furniture systems and look forward to introducing ourselves through our website, https://www.sysfurniture.com, and are ready for your call at 920-336-1510.