Woodruff Memorial Library Renovation
13,700 sf single 7th Floor renovation
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- Mechanical: Jim Crabb, PE
- Electrical: Peter Andersen, PE
PerryCrabb Key Personnel:
Modern university libraries need to accommodate group learning and individual study while providing access to a still-increasing volume of books. The Woodruff library, built in 1967, was in need of upgrades to serve these new functions and pack more books into motorized stacks. Short floor-to-floor height and limited cooling and ventilation systems made the creation of new group study space in this building challenging. Undocumented changes to the systems over 40 years necessitated extensive field work to determine existing conditions. Budget was tight, the project schedule aggressive, and university standards high.
The project team focused on key improvements that would maximize student safety and comfort, improve access to reference materials, and increase energy efficiency. In addition to extensive architectural finish updates, student and staff comfort was improved by use of indirect/direct luminaires with T5HO lamps, re-zoning of HVAC distribution, installation of ductless supplemental cooling equipment, new HVAC controls, and improved sustainability through the use of energy efficient equipment and lighting controls.
The design created increased stack capacity, created new space for group study and learning, and reduced energy consumption. New ventilation systems improve indoor air quality, even with wide variation in occupancy. New lighting coordinates with the movable stack system to provide good visibility while premium efficiency fixtures and extensive occupancy controls minimize energy consumption. Updated finishes combine with system improvements to create a modern and welcoming user experience.