Two Barnes & Noble College bookstores have recently been featured in the Seventh Annual Store Design Showcase issue of The College Store magazine. The July/August 2012 issue featured college stores from across the country that took on new construction or major renovation in the past year, and Barnes & Noble at New Mexico State University and Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt were chosen as outstanding examples of new construction and renovation, respectively.
Colleges and universities are now focusing on their campus stores as a way to connect with incoming students, their parents and the surrounding community. As part of larger campus building campaigns or as stand-alone projects, some college stores are branching out to include study spaces, cafes, technology centers and convenience stores as well as selling textbooks, school supplies and school spirit clothing.
In the spring of 2011, Vanderbilt University invited Barnes & Noble College to design a plan to move the Vanderbilt University Bookstore from the center of campus to a high-profile gateway location on busy West End Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee. Conceived as a “town-gown academic village green,” the major renovation swiftly commenced with the store opening a few shorts months later that October.
The much larger two-level 27,000 square-foot space features a soaring, double-height escalator atrium in the center of the store and includes historic and contemporary Vanderbilt images throughout. The store also includes an expansive general reading department, tech store offering NOOK® and PC devices and accessories, a large Vanderbilt Commodores Shop featuring the largest selection of official Vanderbilt spirit apparel and gifts, and a 60-seat Barnes & Noble Starbucks Café. A new outdoor patio terrace also provides seating for an additional 24 café patrons.
“From day one, the vision that Barnes & Noble had for the store – as a futuristic, very welcoming, invigorating space – was really in line with what we were looking for,” said Laura Nairon, Vanderbilt Director of Business Services. “And [Barnes & Noble] really positioned it well for Vanderbilt and the Nashville community.”
In 2008, Barnes & Noble College participated in a series of campus master planning workshops with New Mexico State University (NMSU) to select the site for a new campus bookstore to serve as an anchor for the school’s new North Campus gateway project. The result is the spectacular “town-gown” flagship store that serves NMSU students, staff and faculty as well as the Las Cruces community at large.
The newly-constructed 32,655 square-foot Barnes & Noble at New Mexico State University superstore includes a tech store featuring NOOK, Apple and PC devices and accessories; an expanded general book department; a larger NMSU Aggies Shop offering spirit clothing and gifts; a Barnes & Noble Starbucks Café; and an outdoor patio with a double-sided gas fireplace. The dramatic, double height, sky-lit atrium features a replica of a crop-dusting de Haviland DH 82 Tiger Moth Pistol Pete biplane that represents the school’s aviation and agricultural program roots.
The two-level eco-friendly bookstore has also attained LEED Gold certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. The new campus store is part of an $8 million NMSU gateway project that also includes parking, auxiliary offices and other retail.
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