Built in 1938, the Main Library is UVA’s largest library. It is the University’s physical and cultural heart and houses the Humanities and Social Sciences collection, Scholars Lab, and Government Information Resources. In 2017, UVa launched a major project to renovate and add to the facility to “create a best-in-class research environment for UVA’s faculty, students, and scholars worldwide” and “spur the creation of new knowledge and workforce readiness that will benefit the Commonwealth and her citizens”.
2RW is providing MEP/FP engineering and LEED/sustainability consulting for this prestigious project which entails renovating approximately 100,000 square feet of space and constructing a 123,000-square-foot addition. The renewals will enhance space throughout the building, with updates to meeting rooms, staff areas, learning and research spaces, and book-storage stacks.
2RW’s role is to deliver energy-efficient systems that will provide enhanced conservation and preservation for collections, a more-comfortable environment for occupants, and a minimum goal of LEED Silver. This includes designing flexible, high-performing MEP/FP systems that:
In 2008, 2RW provided MEP engineering services for the University for a long-range library planning and assessment study. The findings of this project formulation report provided data and recommendations that have guided the Main Library renewal project.
OWNER: University of Virginia
SIZE: ~223,000 SF
COST: $160 million
ESTIMATED ENERGY SAVINGS: Target EUI: 51.4 kBtu/SF/yr