The colonnade at the University of Florida Library West is an iconic part of the outline of the edifice as a whole. Students can be found milling their way down the colonnade to a variety of destinations, and the colonnade is a popular study spot, with plenty of room to sit. As a covered brick structure connecting the entrance of Library West to Smathers Library, not many people have much to say about the structure. It’s just there; drawing neither praise nor criticism despite it being in a high traffic area.
The colonnade will receive a $1.5 million makeover. The renovation will result in a taller, narrower structure with electrical outlets and additional study space. Some seem very excited about this improvement; others, however, are concerned that there are many other places that $1.5 million could be better spent.