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University of California Merced – Kolligian Library – Sustainable Design

The Kolligian Library contains flexible open space and a highly adaptable infrastructure, allowing it to accommodate changes as the campus evolves. The building is composed of three primary elements: a sky-lit area well-suited for a traditional "stacks and carrels" library, a multi-use space, and a lantern-like volume that serves as the building's organizational and social center.

The University of California Merced campus is located in the Central Valley, where summer temperatures can approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Several sun mitigation strategies were incorporated to maintain views to the campus and the landscape beyond. SOM oriented the building north-south and created deep-set facades to provide ample shade. Operable garage doors, louvers, loggias, overhangs, and arcades invite students to congregate and work outside in an extended "campus living room." These strategies form a significant part of the project's overall sustainable ethos, which aligns with a larger sustainable mission set out by the university.

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