Value of Project: $6 million
The new library is placed at the ‘hub’ of the University master plan, where students can gain easy access from all parts of the site. The building is on 3 levels plus a service area in the basement.
The design takes full advantage of natural air movement in, through and out of the top of the building. All external windows are operable but lockable double glazed solar glazing to provide both sun shading and security.
A large central atrium has been provided, open to all reading areas around the Library, which creates a stack effect of warm area rising through the high level electrically operated windows, and cool air moving in through the low level window ventilation louvres.
Electronic book check in and out systems are state of the art, allowing for minimal staffing at the checkout desk, and provide a highly efficient monitoring and filing system.
The external finishes are maintenance free render and glass, and the building is the focal point of the whole University complex.