Renovation and Modernization
The Lutnick Library, formerly the Magill Library, was comprised of five different buildings constructed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The university wanted to modernize the facility by re-organizing spaces, demolishing and replacing what students called “dark and creepy” spaces, and preserving the historic spaces listed on the registry of the Haverford Township Historical Commission.
Following a conditions assessment, IMEG provided MEP and fire protection design for the renovation of the 87,000-sf library, which now places a greater emphasis on people and technology. The building includes active teaching and learning spaces, collaborative group study rooms, quiet rooms, special collections spaces, and a new cafe.
New systems include a new chiller, chilled beams, upgraded lighting and controls, a new fire alarm system and enhancements to the information technology and audio/visual systems. The special collections area has a dedicated unit capable of maintaining stricter temperature and humidity control.
The building was designed to LEED Gold sustainable standards.