Our design team embarked on an intense visioning process for the new library. We started with benchmarking trips to state-of-the-art libraries across the country, but then, for a more diverse perspective, we expanded our investigation to include retail, museum, and hospitality spaces as well.
We cultivated a common vision with Grand Valley State University—quality of space over quantity of space. From this process emerged the often-used project mantra “every seat is a good seat.”
The Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons has a range of spaces to give students a variety of “place” in the new library. Zones are engineered to separate users with different needs: quiet spaces for those who want no distractions and high-energy zones for multi-taskers and groups who want to be in the middle of a social vibe. Students self-regulate their volume and behavior throughout the course of the day and manage their own learning.
Adjacent to the iconic campus clock tower, this green-roofed building takes advantage of high-performance engineering, natural light, and discriminating site placement in the hub of the campus to achieve a LEED Platinum status.