formerly known as the Library and Information Technology Center

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 is derived 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. Kolligan Library, which received LEED-Gold Certification. One of the first buildings of the new University of California at Merced campus, the Kolligan Library (formerly known as 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.


Photography credit: Tim Griffith