Sasaki-designed Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons at Salisbury University has been ranked one of the top 20 college and university libraries, according to The Princeton Review’s 2021 “Best 386 Colleges” rankings.
Strategically located at the core of the campus, the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons significantly transforms how teaching and learning occurs on campus. The new building allows the university to bring all of their academic support programs together in combination with a state-of-the-art library, classrooms, cafe, 400-seat assembly space, and the Nabb Research Center—a special collections library dedicated to the history and culture of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Common ground for all of the university’s academic disciplines, the Academic Commons fully supports all modes of study and learning, from individual contemplative study to collaborative, technology-rich group engagement.
“We are honored to have the Academic Commons recognized in this ranking,” said Sasaki principal Lan Ying Ip, AIA. “Making this building conducive to a variety of academic pursuits and uses was a main priority for us, and we’re thrilled that students have had such positive experiences in the space.”
The university is re-opening this week with plans in place that will prepare students for a safe semester. “The Academic Commons has been de-densified, with many seats removed and many computers disabled,” said Beatriz Betancourt Hardy, Dean of Libraries and Instructional Resources at Salisbury.
Read more about the Guerrieri Academic Commons on Salisbury’s website.