Process-Driven and Site-Responsive: Designing the Library Service Center of Emory and Georgia Tech

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How can library storage centers be better planned in response to the site, potential for future expansion, and module capacity? KSS Architects worked collaboratively to design the Library Service Center of Emory and Georgia Tech, responding to a graded site, poor soil conditions, and institutional needs for future expansion via a planning approach that manifested in a creative and practical facility design. By rethinking the Harvard model and adapting a cutting-edge “uber module” to center the design on the processing, all while meeting Factory Mutual standards, the Library Service Center design achieves a model for flexible storage that preserves assets while maximizing investments.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to integrate diverse priorities including site conditions, institutional needs, and material needs to develop a holistic planning approach.
  2. Participants will be able to identify parameter relationships like module sizes and cost, and recognize the implications of these storage approach decisions on future storage expansion.
  3. Participants will be able to evaluate planning strategies around preservation set points like temperature and humidity against a documented model.