Siting and designing a state-of-the-art library facility in the heart of Bellarmine College was a challenge.
The solution was to locate the new four-story building on a steep sloping site across from the primary pedestrian entrance to the campus quadrangle. Rectangular in plan, the library is sited with its shortest side toward the quadrangle and is entered at the ASSOCIATED FIRMMichael Koch AssociatesCAPACITY460COST PER SQ FT$102.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio level, thus optimizing scenic views to the landscape beyond while engaging and maintaining and appropriate scale to the campus quadrangle. Internally, the library’s four floors are organized to promote east access and service.
The exterior of the building has a palette of brown brick, limestone of local origin, anodized aluminum-frame windows and slate roofs. Assembled, these materials create a building that is characterized by dramatic long spanning brick arches with vertical piers, limestone columns and banding, steep sloping roofs, and a clock tower marking the entry, and establishing a focal point on the campus.
The library supports 150,000 volumes and includes a print and electronic-based reference center, micro forms, media services, periodicals, general collections, and a special-collections center. The library houses the campus computer center and is wired throughout to promote ultimate flexibility in computer usage.