On the 10th July 2018 at noon, The Catalyst opened its doors to the public. Although some parts are still off-limits and under construction, the library shelves seem to be fully stocked and kiosks up and running, with reservations standing by for collection! Despite being freshly opened to all, it appears that staff have set up shop in some of the new offices already – there’s a very open atmosphere to The Catalyst, with many walls being made of glass, allowing you to see who’s around and if private study rooms are available at a quick glance.
The middle floors of The Catalyst house the library portion of the building and seem like a lovely space to work, with walls of windows that let in natural light (and offer some nice views of campus), plenty of desk space, and an exquisite helical staircase that definitely needs a “please mind your head” sign stuck on it!
The top floor has a large private room, access to the not-quite-finished rooftop garden and walkway, and many, many computers and single desks. I really like the personal space offered by these rows of desks and feel like they might be the ones to go first during crunch time before deadlines!
Back on the ground floor, there’s also a work-in-progress space with a large desk, presumably for group work, as well as some adorable study nooks shaped like houses! Also, there’s a whole corridor of single-stall bathrooms, similar to some over in Creative Edge. I was very happy to find accessible toilets for people of any gender in such an important new building on campus.
If you haven’t made your way over to The Catalyst yet, I hope these pictures do it justice because it’s an amazingly spacious new building. I can’t wait to get some work done there!