SWBR Architects, in association with Leo A. Daly Architects, developed a program and design for the library at Roberts Wesleyan College. The library is a focal point, providing a strong, central presence within the campus, and acts as a highly visible landmark from anywhere on campus.
The library was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The $13 million building was the first Silver-certified building on any college campus in Upstate New York and the first library in the state to achieve Silver certification.
Program requirements reinforced the idea of the library as a campus center. A cyber café on the main floor was designed to support gathering and studying into the late hours. The façade of the café was designed to be very transparent, acting as a lantern at night and revealing the activity within.
The main library space is located above the café space. The program called for book space, program areas, administration space and offices. The stair provides a visual element on the façade and is a gesture to the connection between ascent and learning.
Winner of Rochester Chapter AIA Citation of Merit Award, the American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design Award, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Rochester Chapter Lighting Design Award.
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