Architects: Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects (Andrew Larigakis role was as Project Architect for HBBH. He was involved from the early design phase through to completion of construction).
The new 45,000 square foot Library building also acts as a welcome centre and houses administrative offices, a bookshop and cafe. As the formal front door to the campus, the library provides a simple, strong and identifiable image for the university. The interior, organized around a central atrium, is warm and welcoming. Perforated wood acoustic panels finish the atrium interior and work together with the acoustical metal deck ceiling at the upper level to keep noise under control.
Like all the buildings on this campus, sustainability factored into the design. On the south facade, exterior sun shades control solar heat gain in the summer. Additional shading is provided by a dot pattern, imprinted on areas of the glass, that also reduce heat gain on the south, east and west elevations. A ground source geo-exchange system (geothermal) provides heating and cooling to the building via radiant slabs. Local wood is used extensively and the high fly ash concrete comes from a batch plant just down the hill from the campus.
The main stair is inscribed with a poem by Al Purdy. For the story behind and images of the stair click on the following link: http://larigakis.ca/?p=650