2013 Recipient | AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

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James B. Hunt Jr. Library | Notes of Interest

An $11 million reduction in the budget for this library during the schematic design phase prompted the design, construction, and client teams to formulate a range of new ideas to maintain functionality and quality. The building would need to be highly programmed and reasonably versatile as well as comfortable and stimulating to visitors.

One innovation was the introduction of an automated book delivery system (ABDS), which effectively reduced the total area of the building by 200,000 gross square feet and allowed more space for collaboration and technology. The ABDS is supported by user-friendly browsing software that matches and even enhances the traditional pleasure of browsing a collection.

The design celebrates the power of chance encounter and recognizes the role physical space plays in the intellectual stimulation of users. Large open spaces connect all floors of the library, and the use of stairs is emphasized to ensure an interactive and social environment in-between more focused study areas.

Designed to LEED® Silver requirements, the building features abundant natural light and expansive views of the nearby lake. Fritted glass and a fixed external aluminum shading system help diminish heat gain and maximize views and ambient natural light. Ceiling-mounted active chilled beams and radiant panels provide heating and cooling. Rain gardens and green roofs manage storm water.

Additional Credit

  • A/V IT/Acoustics: The Sextant Group Inc
  • Automated Book Delivery System: Dematic
  • Construction Manager: Skanska
  • Cost: Davis Langdon
  • Engineer – Civil: Cole Jenest Stone
  • Engineer – Structural: Stewart Engineering
  • Furniture: NCSU Libraries, Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee with Another Inside Job
  • Landscape: Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture PLLC
  • Lighting: Pivotal
  • PME & FP: Affiliated Engineers Inc
  • Programming: DEGW
  • Structural Consultant: Arup

Photo Credit

  • © Mark Herboth

James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Jury Comments

This new library for a new campus was clearly designed to expand the idea of “library” and introduce students and faculty to 21st-century scholarship.

A bold, modern form with light, airy spaces showcases the technology of the automated book retrieval system.

2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Jury

  • Jeanne M. Jackson, FAIA, Chair
  • VCBO Architecture
  • Salt Lake City
  • John R. Dale, FAIA
  • Harley Ellis Devereaux
  • Los Angeles
  • Charles Forrest
  • Emory University Libraries
  • Atlanta
  • Kathleen Imhoff
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • J. Stuart Pettitt, AIA
  • Straub Pettitt Yaste
  • Clawson, Michigan
  • John F. Szabo
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Los Angeles

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