Maryville Partners with Normandy High on Library Project

The library at Normandy High School will soon become a more collaborative space thanks to a partnership between the school and Maryville’s Interior Design Program.

Maryville interior design students were tasked with researching trends and building codes, drawing plans and proposing new ideas to help improve the functionality, cleanliness and structure of the library. The creative solutions will assist Normandy with fundraising for the cause, with the goal of bringing the library remodel to fruition in the near future.

“I am so delighted we were able to work with Normandy on this project,” said Darlene Davison, director of the interior design program and associate professor of interior design. “It’s so important for our students to understand that the work they do makes a difference in the lives of so many people.”

Throughout the project, Maryville students worked to make the library a comfortable haven for Normandy students and staff alike. The Normandy library serves as a central point for many school activities, ranging from a testing space to the location of social gatherings. Requirements for the redesigned space included updating technology, replacing existing furniture with modular furniture and adding a multi-purpose makerspace.

While meeting the requirements, Maryville students also added unique design elements like reading nooks, a gallery space to display student artwork and the integration of state-of-the-art media walls with built-in screens and white boards. Several of the plans also included a raised stage area for student and community events.

Taylor Garcilaso, who is studying interior design, said the most interesting part of the project was the opportunity to visit Normandy High School in person and talk with students and staff about their wish lists for the library. “The project felt more real and personal because we were able to talk to people who are actually using the space, instead of redesigning an existing space based off just blueprints. I felt like we were really helping the community.”

The Normandy library project started as a way for Karen Green, a member of the Normandy High School Class of 1977, to give back to her alma mater. She works closely with Normandy High School Alumni Association board member, and fellow Normandy alumna, Jacqueline Buck-Horton on the project.

In addition to partnering with Maryville University for design improvements, the pair organized a book drive for the school, with many donations secured from Green’s coworkers and students at The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Buck-Horton’s employer, Sterling Bank, also provided books as well as a monetary donation.

“The Maryville students are so talented, and their design work was absolutely fantastic,” Green said. “I was impressed that they were able to see beyond what already exists, and transform the library into something new.”

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