Barnes & Noble College Featured in Store Design Showcase

September 19, 2012

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.

Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt


View of the two-story escalator atrium at the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt store.

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.”

Barnes & Noble at New Mexico State University
New Construction


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.

Replica of a crop-dusting de Haviland DH 82 Tiger Moth Pistol Pete biplane in the Barnes & Noble at New Mexico State University store.

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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