Colorado College’s Expanded & Transformed Tutt Library is the Nation’s Largest 24/7 Carbon Neutral Net Zero 24/7 Academic Library. Designed by Walter Netsch in 1962, the original Tutt Library bore all the hallmarks of the then-dominant contemporary academic architectural style: brutalist and introverted—an enigmatic concrete box floating on inset walls of glass, all resting on an abstract plinth, separating the building from its site. The expansion has transformed the Library into a dynamic facility, accommodating the requirements of contemporary library practice and the college’s unique academic program, The Block—an immersive academic schedule in which a single subject is studied for three and a half weeks, the equivalent of an entire semester’s material. Writing and reasoning centers, and 24/7 cutting-edge teaching and collaboration spaces have been established in the Library to provide support for The Block program.
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