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MARVIN K. PETERSON LIBRARY

Project Description:

The University of New Haven’s Peterson Library is a 3- story building located on main campus in the Maxcy Quad. Through the school's library, students, faculty, and staff have access to more than 270,000 books, digital/electronic resources, and U.S. government documents. The school's library is a neutral space which gives students a place where they can comfortably come to have a private place to study and get work done, or where they can meet with groups to collaborate on projects. There are several types of working conditions within the library, such as quiet places to study, spaces to work on group projects with your classmates, or areas to use the many online resources and reference materials that enable you instant access to the latest findings of leading thinkers and researchers. Library staff also have a small break room, several private offices, and open workspaces.

RENDERINGS: 
Main Level Social Lounge
Main Level Social Lounge

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Cafe-Dining Perspective
Cafe-Dining Perspective

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Quiet Lounge Perspective
Quiet Lounge Perspective

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Main Level Social Lounge
Main Level Social Lounge

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CONCEPT:

The Marvin K. Peterson Library is designed as a place to not only find content but to create it as well. The objective is to host a balanced environment for academic and social use, creating a space for knowledge exchange, interaction, or quiet contemplation. Through sustainable design practices, the library is transformed into a new and exciting environment without disrupting its functionality. The use of natural materials, earth toned colors, as well as other biophilic design attributes support the sustainable aspirations of the building. Major design solutions include improved space planning and increasing natural light into the space. This project contributes to the University of New Haven’s sustainability goals and follows their path on a community wide commitment to go green.

RENDERED FLOOR PLAN:
Lower Level Rendered Floor Plan
Lower Level Rendered Floor Plan

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Main Level Rendered Floorplan
Main Level Rendered Floorplan

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Upper Level Rendered Floor Plan
Upper Level Rendered Floor Plan

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Lower Level Rendered Floor Plan
Lower Level Rendered Floor Plan

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FLOOR PATTERNS:
Lower Level Floor Pattern
Lower Level Floor Pattern

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Main Level Floor Pattern
Main Level Floor Pattern

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Upper Level Floor Pattern
Upper Level Floor Pattern

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Lower Level Floor Pattern
Lower Level Floor Pattern

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FURNITURE PLANS: 
Lower Level Furniture Plan
Lower Level Furniture Plan

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Main Level Furniture Plan
Main Level Furniture Plan

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Upper Level Furniture Plan
Upper Level Furniture Plan

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Lower Level Furniture Plan
Lower Level Furniture Plan

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ELEVATIONS:
Lower Level Bathroom Elevation
Lower Level Bathroom Elevation

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Universal Bathroom Elevation
Universal Bathroom Elevation

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Breakroom Elevation
Breakroom Elevation

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Lower Level Bathroom Elevation
Lower Level Bathroom Elevation

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FURNITURE SELECTIONS:
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Lower Level Group Study Pod

Upper Level Single Study Pod

Main Level Computer Stations

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Main Level Lounge

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Ottoman Seating

Upper Level Private Study Desk

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Work Chair

Individual Study Desk

MATERIALS/FINISHES:
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Primary Paint

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Carpet Tile

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Accent Paint

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Accent Paint

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Wood Feature Wall

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Millwork

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Carpet Tile

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Carpet Tile

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Vinyl Tile

SPATIAL SKETCHES
Lower Level Bubble Diagram
Lower Level Bubble Diagram

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Main Level Bubble Diagram
Main Level Bubble Diagram

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Upper Level Bubble Diagram
Upper Level Bubble Diagram

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Lower Level Bubble Diagram
Lower Level Bubble Diagram

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Bubble Diagrams

Reception Perspective
Reception Perspective

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Cafe Perspective
Cafe Perspective

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Reception Perspective
Reception Perspective

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Perspectives

Relationship Diagram

Relationship Diagram

Reception Elevation
Reception Elevation

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Main Level Built-In Elevation
Main Level Built-In Elevation

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Lower Level Built-In Elevation
Lower Level Built-In Elevation

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Reception Elevation
Reception Elevation

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Elevations

RESEARCH:
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Lower Level Existing Conditions

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Main Level Existing Conditions

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Upper Level Existing Conditions

Library Trends Research

  • The first floor is prime real estate. Reserve this space for more public functions such as the commons, group study areas, collaboration zones, and library help and circulation areas.

  • Uses for academic programs often work better on upper floors of the building, away from public zones and prime areas.

  • Use the basement for archives and stacks in most cases. Archives and stacks may be able to utilize compact shelving systems that are better suited to slab-on-grade conditions due to there concentrated weights.

  • Consider what kind of security is needed for 24/7 spaces versus area that are only open during “regular” library hours. This may inform how to zone the library with respect to security.

  • Increase capacity without increasing space; prioritize favored workspaces.

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