The new 151,000-square-foot Thomas Jefferson Hall Library and Learning Center at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point is scheduled to open in September 2007. The new library will allow students to enhance their studies with the latest technology, while retaining access to the past with extensive archives that hold 500,000 books. Jefferson Hall ASSOCIATED FIRMHolzman Moss ArchitectureCOST PER SQ FT$463.58FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress the traditional functions of a library with the modern necessities of wireless capabilities and interactive learning centers, creating a facility that will allow cadets and faculty to expand their ability to research and learn in a technology-centered environment.
Working on a historic landmark such as the West Point campus was a challenge at times. Multiple site and architectural precedents influenced the design, yet it maintained the architectural integrity of the grounds. The architect worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and school officials to ensure the preservation of the campus design while creating a new library facility to meet modern standards.
The six-story granite building is divided into three masses with step-backs to minimize its scale and bring it into harmony with adjacent buildings. Recognizing future environmental concerns, the project conforms to the bronze level of the Army’s sustainable-design program, SpiRiT, which is based on LEED 2.0. Present and future cadets will use the latest technology to become lifelong learners and be part of the information-age army.