September 28, 2011

University of Chicago Joe & Rika Mansueto Library Highlighted

An addition to the University’s existing Joseph Regenstein Library, the project includes approximately 62,000 square feet of new construction. The oval footprint, which will sit at the prominent corner of S. Ellis Avenue and East 57th Street at the University’s Hyde Park Campus is mostly underground. The ultimate depth of the project is 58 feet below-grade.

The addition will connect to the existing library by a new bridge. Although the new research pavilion is comprised of three major building systems (a dome, the automated archival storage and retrieval system, and the slurry wall foundation system) the only system visible above-grade is the huge glass dome which spans some 240-feet long by 120-feet wide. Other building components include a large multi-use digital room, special collections room, circulation desk, reading rooms and office space.

An automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) shelving facility will be underground, serving 3.1 million volumes.

Although, not seeking LEED certification, the project incorporates many sustainable features, including maximizing the use of products with high recycled content, that are regionally procured. The team is also managing and tracking construction waste to divert at least 50% of the construction waste to recycling centers.