Lake Forest College, Donnelley and Lee Library Renovation and Expansion

Lake Forest, IL | 2004

The award-winning Donnelley and Lee Library renovation and addition establishes a new academic identity for Lake Forest College. The 45,000 s.f. renovation and 27,000 s.f addition transform the original library into a vibrant technological and educational resource. providing a flexible and interactive learning environment. The building was constructed with few fixed walls to allow spaces to be reconfigured as programmatic needs evolve. Instructional computer labs and a full-service IT department educate patrons about the use of technology within the library. A 24-hour cafe and computer lab provide space for casual gatherings and give students complete flexibility in their study schedules. Brightly colored interiors, glass-walled group study rooms and a two-story lobby encourage creative collaborative work and foster a sense of intellectual possibility.


  • Square Footage: 72,000 s.f.
  • Construction Cost: $14,000,000
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Shepley Bulfinch Team

Geoffrey Freeman
Thomas Kearns
Buddy Mear
Joseph Rondinelli
Bruce Cole
Jason Frontera
Jason Heinbeck
Lesia Ilnytsky
Larry Kain
Puja Nanda
Robert Lucas
Sara Dinoto
Susan Laferriere



  • 2007 Bronze Award - Excellence in Masonry Illinois Indiana Masonry Council

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