Recipient of First Place for Design of Higher Education Facilities at the Florida Educational Facilities Planners' Association, Inc. (FEFPA) 2008 Winter Conference
MCHarry Associates was challenged to deliver a “signature waterfront building” increasing the size of campus library facilities threefold on a severely constrained site. The design expression accentuates the horizontal and wraps the four-story core on three sides with three story program elements to reduce the apparent height of the building.
The result, a new 95,000 sf library annex paired with the newly renovated existing library. Together they form the backdrop for a new lakefront plaza and promenade designed to enhance a primary pedestrian route linking central campus with the fine arts complex and new campus housing to the south. From the plaza, patrons enter the library and access a unifying pedestrian way linking the renovated library with the new library annex.
The Annex building plans are generally organized around a central core of stack shelving looped with primary circulation and perimeter reading rooms and lounges, each with expansive views to the lush campus landscape. Program elements include private group study rooms, internet wired reading tables, the University Archives, stack areas for 390,000 volumes, special collections, classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces.
Southeast Construction Magazine has awarded Florida Gulf Coast University Library an Award of Merit in the Best of 2007.
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