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Designer: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott
Construction Manager: Lee Kennedy Company, Inc.
Project Type: CM at Risk
Project Cost: $73,500,000
Gross Square Feet: 124,000
Substantial Completion Date: July 2013

 

Overview:

The Berry Library and Learning Commons is the first new building on the University’s North Campus since the 1970’s and has become a focal point and gathering place for students and faculty.  

On the interior, it brings together under one roof the entire library collection which serves not only the University but the City of Salem and surrounding region.  The Learning Commons consolidates a number of academic service departments, offering assistance in writing and academic subjects, helping students with disabilities and providing a gathering place for honor students.

The Quad – a greenspace created between the new facility and the existing Meier Hall Academic Building – has evolved into an actively utilized space for recreation, studying, and University events.

Project Features:

  • Library includes space for books, archives, reference materials and periodicals
  • Circulation and Reference desk
  • Instructional classrooms and group study rooms
  • Staff Offices
  • Learning Commons provides space for the Writing Center, Honors Program, Academic Advising, Learning Skills
  •  Support, Disability Services and a testing lab.
  • Internal stair with entrances at two different floors provides access between steep grades 
  • LEED Silver Targeted

Notable sustainable design features:

  • Ground-source heat pumps (geothermal wells)
  • High-performance glazing
  • Low-emitting materials
  • Daylight sensors and daylight harvesting to reduce power use
  • Improved storm water quality control
  • Reduced water use with low-water-usage plumbing fixtures

The Learning Commons brings together the following student services:

  • Learning Center (Student Academic Support Services)
  • Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Writing Center
  • Academic Advising
  • Honors Program
View towards the Library and Learning Commons across the newly created quad
View towards the Library and Learning Commons across the newly created quad

The striking floating stair provides a visual connection between floors
The striking floating stair provides a visual connection between floors

In the reading areas, expansive glass provides a connection to the outdoors
In the reading areas, expansive glass provides a connection to the outdoors

The Berry Library and Learning Commons serves to negotiate the steep changes in grade from one part of campus to another
The Berry Library and Learning Commons serves to negotiate the steep changes in grade from one part of campus to another