UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT MERCED

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER

2006 MERCED, CA

One of the first buildings of the new University of California at Merced campus, the Library and Information Technology Center is designed to anticipate change; it initially houses a library, student union, student services, and the Chancellor’s Office. The heart of the building is the newly-interpreted Campus Reading Room: a large, wireless loggia that opens and closes with the seasons. Our work on the campus, mandated to be “a paradigm of sustainable development and environmental stewardship,” began with collaboration on the Master Plan and Architectural Guidelines. We developed requirements regarding energy consumption and material performance, and specified that the campus character derive from the climate, topography, vegetation and building strategies of the Central Valley. We later worked with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill to design the 179,000 s.f. LITC, which received LEED-Gold Certification.

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