Cleveland Public Library TechCentral
Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Public Library converted the lower level Audio/Visual lending area to TechCentral, a new center for computing and technology. Covering 7,000 square feet, this renovation replaces shelves of CDs and DVDs with tables and counters for new computers - Windows, Mac, and Linux. This is the first facility of it’s kind in the country.  The MyCloud service allows patrons to access their own personal desktop for job search, research, email and social media.

Tec Inc. completed engineering and lighting design services for the renovation of the lower level teen section into TechCentral . The project required electrical and mechanical engineering, lighting design, and technology design. An innovative modular raised floor system provides plenty of space for distributing power and cabling to the more than 100 computers and printers within the space. 

The architecture is brought to life through refurbished direct/indirect suspended lighting and additional accent lighting. The suspended fixtures illuminate the space evenly while minimizing glare for library patrons working at the computers. The existing intricate ceramic tile mosaic wall is highlighted for the first time with linear led accent lighting mounted to the edge of the counter installed along the wall. Additionally, information desks incorporate integral led technology with 3-form panels to provide a self-illumianted presense in the space. Track lighting has been installed to highlight a display table.