UPM Main Library and Learning Commons starts construction

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc

Architectural perspective of the building’s ground lobby. Image from UPM-CPDMO

 

The construction of the 12-story UP Manila Main Library and Learning Commons officially started on November 26, 2019 with a ground-breaking ceremony led by UP System and UP Manila officials.

“We will change the image of the library. [It will be] not just a study place or rest place, but a place for collaborative work,” UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla said.

 

Architectural perspective of the UP Main Library and Learning Commons. Image from UPM-CPDMO

 

The 12-story building will centralize the campus libraries. It will feature longer hours of operation, an open ground floor, individualized thesis-dissertation  rooms, small-group study and collaborative areas, a coffee shop, and free drinking water.

“It is the symbol of our commitment to higher learning,” Padilla added.

 

Architectural perspective of an individualized thesis room. Image from UPM-CPDMO

 

Architectural perspective of a reading room. Image from UPM-CPDMO

 

Natutuwa ako sa pamunuan at samahan ninyo dito sa UP Manila. Mabilis ang galaw ng mga bagay-bagay dito. Dapat ninyo itong gamitin upang gumanda pa ang ating kampus [UP Manila’s leadership and interrelations hearten me. Things move fast in here. You should use this advantage to improve the campus],” UP President Danilo Concepcion said, assuring the constituent university of the UP System Administration’s priority of improving the physical plant of the campuses.

 

Architectural perspective of a discussion room. Image from UPM-CPDMO

 

Architectural perspective of a gallery hall. Image from UPM-CPDMO

 

The upgrade of UP Manila’s library was one of the visions of Padilla when she ran for chancellor in 2014. Former UP President Alfredo Pascual secured funding for a seven-story building in the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA). When presented to the succeeding UP president for project implementation, Concepcion secured additional GAA funding for a vertical expansion which would make the structure “future-ready” and provide the campus with vital open spaces.

 

UP President Concepcion inspects ongoing construction in UP Manila accompanied by UP Manila Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Michael Tee. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion and UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla drop a time capsule into the ground. Assisting Concepcion are Carmen Pascual representing Former UP President Alfredo Pascual, Vice Chancellor Arlene Samaniego, Vice Chancellor Nymia Simbulan, and Vice Chancellor Michael Tee. Assisting Padilla are Vice President Elvira Zamora, Vice Chancellor Armand Crisostomo, and Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO

 

UP Manila University Librarian Maria Nimfa Castro takes her turn burying the time capsule. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO

 

UP Manila architects Rosalie Flores-Bernardo and Leonard Cordero bury the time capsule with UP President Danilo Concepcion, UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla, and UP Manila Vice Chancellor Michael Tee. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion discusses possible issues with UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita Padilla in the ground-breaking ceremony for the UP Manila Main Library and Learning Commons Building. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO

 

UP President Danilo Concepcion and UP Manila Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Michael Tee, with representatives from the building contractor, BF. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO
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