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The original 1923 natural limestone library borders the College Green?s northern edge. Its 1960?s Annex is a monolithic building framed with cast in place concrete columns that faces the science building and parking along the north edge of campus. In early 2011 infrastructure problems rendered the building uninhabitable. The unfortunate event provided an opportunity to revisit its role for the College. 

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Architects: Murray Associates Architects

Location: Chambersburg, PA, United States

Architect In Charge: Benedict H. Dubbs, Jr.,AIA LEED AP

Area: 14473.0 ft2

Project Year: 2015

Photographs: Don Pearse Photographers

Interior Designer: Kirsten Watts, LEED AP

Project Manager: Jamie Slotterback

Project Designer: Pete Colello

Site/Civil, Surveying Engineer & Landscape Architecture: Dennis Black Engineering, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Cagley & Associates

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer: Bruce E. Brooks and Associates

It/Av Consultant: Vantage Technology Consulting Group

Contract Manager/Construction: R.S. Mowery & Sons Inc.

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From the architect. The original 1923 natural limestone library borders the College Green?s northern edge. Its 1960?s Annex is a monolithic building framed with cast in place concrete columns that faces the science building and parking along the north edge of campus. In early 2011 infrastructure problems rendered the building uninhabitable. The unfortunate event provided an opportunity to revisit its role for the College. 
© Don Pearse Photographers

The Library underwent an extensive analysis of its functions, programs, facilities and anticipated essential instructional goals for the future. The library had to become a new and vibrant designation center with social convergence maximizing interaction and student activity.

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At the conclusion of our Master Planning, the College chose to extensively restore the 1923 Library. The Annex was razed to build a new 14,473 gsf Learning Commons that is respectful of the historic Academic Quad. A multipurpose student outdoor plaza with amphitheater seating extends educational and social activities. The library had become the new intellectual core and heart of campus.

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Rather than imitating the old stylistically of form, the new structure engages the existing building by establishing a point of view that heightens the awareness of the old. The volume is simple and clean, creating a balance between the historic and contemporary spaces while additional attention was given to the scale and specialty qualities of the building.  The expansive walls of glazing and gleaming stone adhere to the rhythm and scale of the...
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