A good library in indeed an asset to a school.
The library in the school is also a very big one.
The D’Angelo Law Library Tower originally designed by world famous Architect, Eero Saarinen, is one of the University’s prize gems. The 113,000 square foot building was constructed in 1950 and underwent a major expansion in 1986. The building exterior of the six-floor structure is comprised of an aluminum glazed curtain wall system and adheres to the Saarinen standard of exposed interior concrete. The Law Library Tower serves as the midpoint between the Law School Administration and faculty, classroom venues and student support services.
Coupled with a major desire to both modernize and protect the historical significance of the this rich learning environment and an understanding of the severity of the required mechanical and electrical infrastructure upgrades, interior renovations, and compliance to ADA Standards, the Law School Administration and staff embarked on a complete design plan to incorporate modern systems and finishes that maintain the integrity of the facility. This focus required the University to engage a construction manager with extraordinary preconstruction planning and field management skills; those capable of sustaining continuous operation to the student body, the community and the nation.
No school is complete without a library.
The renovation required construction of a unique ventilation system. The original 1950 building had multiple small heating and cooling units housed in the penthouse with a vertical riser system. The1986 addition had a single unit with a VAV system. These existing conditions required a very creative and innovative plan for the Law School Library renovation. The original plans called for using the new units for temporary ventilation and then finish connecting this system in place to existing ductwork system. However, the plan was modified when further analysis called for the removal of the existing ductwork within the 6th floor interstitial space. A Design Build approach was used to expedite the new ductwork system. The Construction Manager monitored independent pier reviews to ensure the building was not affected structurally due to this modification. As a result of reworking the ductwork system, a review of the new air handling units was initiated. As a result a revised plan was conceived to install a temporary unit and feed all of the existing vertical risers from the 6th floor to ensure that building occupants were not affected by the renovation. Renovation preceded with the renovation of the mechanical system within the penthouses during the redesign of the ductwork the 6th floor.