Year: 2007
Award Type: Award of Merit
Territory: PG&E Territory
Location: Merced, CA
Owner: University of California Merced Physical Planning Design & Construction
Developer: University of California Merced Physical Planning Design & Construction
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Market Segement:
School / University
Square Footage: 46,000
Type of Building:
Libraries & Assembly Buildings
School
Award Credit:

Design Team

Fernau and Hartman, Peter Walker & Partners, and Swinerton Inc.

Photography

Tim Griffith

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UC Merced Library and Information Technology Center - Photo: Tim Griffith

UC Merced Library and Information Technology Center - Photo: Tim Griffith

UC Merced Library and Information Technology Center - Photo: Tim Griffith

UC Merced Library and Information Center

The UC Merced Library and Information Technology Center is both a work of art and a functional and efficient structure. The broad arcades, louvers and overhangs of the building allow shade while still maximizing the amount of daylighting and keeping a close connection with the outdoors.

The 46,000 ft 2 building is also equipped with advanced computerized heating, cooling and lighting systems to reduce power needs and monitor data. Seventy-six percent of the construction waste created was diverted from landfills and approximately 45% of materials used contain recycled content. Sustainable practices earned the library a LEEDoo Gold rating.

The library is designed to allow students and faculty to access its high tech features, such as WiFi. This allows students with laptops to study in a wider variety of spaces and enjoy the open feel of the building. Due to the Central Valley's hot climate, sun mitigation strategies, such as orientation, had to be devised and landscaping had to be designed accordingly.

The jurors praised the entry for its effective shading and its high-energy savings of over 30% by California Title 24 standards. They also mentioned the modernity and beauty of the building's lantern reading room and its use of light, appearing to make the room "sparkle."

    Notable Accomplishments

  • Energy savings of over 30% by California Title 24 standards.
  • LEED Gold rating

Jurors

  • Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Title: Vice-President
    Company: Architectural Energy Corporation
    Location: Boulder, CO

    Charles Eley, FAIA, PE

    Mr. Eley is an architect and mechanical engineer with about 25 years experience in energy efficient and sustainable design. Mr. Eley has made significant contributions to the California energy standards, ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and energy codes in Hong Kong, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and Australia. Mr. Eley is now working with the California Energy Commission to update the state energy efficiency standards in response to the recent electricity crisis.

    In addition to his energy codes and policy work, Mr. Eley has also developed a number of important publications including the Advanced Lighting Guidelines, the Lighting Fundamentals Handbook, and numerous other technical manuals on energy efficient and code compliance. Mr. Eley is the primary author and technical editor of the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 User's Manual. He is also the executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and is the technical editor of the CHPS Best Practices Manual.

    Mr. Eley consults with other architects and engineers in the design of landmark energy efficient buildings. He also directs the software development team within Architectural Energy Corporation, which is responsible for VisualDOE, EnvStd, and a number of other computer programs for the energy efficient design of buildings.

  • Jack A. Paddon, AIA

    Title:
    Company: Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc.
    Location: Roseville, CA

    Jack A. Paddon, AIA

    In 1981 Jack joined Jim Williams to establish Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc. Since that time, the firm has won the continued respect of clients and the communities they serve through many successfully completed projects.

    Jack's leadership in Client Focused Design has guided almost two decades of value enhanced services for Williams + Paddon's many clients. Under his direction, the firm has become recognized as a leader in innovative design with an emphasis on regionally influenced sustainable projects for public and corporate clients.

    Jack is a LEED Accredited Professional since 2002. Consistent with the firm's core values, he continues to volunteer his time to community and professional groups. Jack has served on the AIACC State Board of Directors, and served a term as president of the AIA Central Valley. He serves in multiple capacities in support of the California Board of Architectural Examiners.

  • Scott Shell, AIA, LEED® A.P.

    Title: Principal
    Company: EHDD Architecture
    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Scott Shell, AIA, LEED® A.P.

    Mr. Shell is a nationally recognized expert on high-performance buildings and sustainable design and has written and lectured widely on these topics. He has designed a number of EHDD's most successful, sustainable design projects, including the award-winning Global Ecology Research Center for the Carnegie Institution of Washington on the Stanford University campus and the recently completed Chartwell School in Monterey, which is anticipating a LEED Platinum rating.

    Mr. Shell emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to creating new models of sustainable design, focusing on low-energy and carbon-neutral buildings. He is currently working on the Lifecycle Building Challenge, using recovered building materials and Design for Deconstruction (DfD) to reduce building material impacts over the life of a building. Concurrently, he is working with his colleagues to make EHDD a model sustainable community and architectural practice.

    Mr. Shell holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University and a Master of Arts in Humanities from Stanford University and studied Tamil language and culture at the University of Chicago and the American Institute of Indian Studies in Madurai.


Award Credit

Design Team

Fernau and Hartman, Peter Walker & Partners, and Swinerton Inc.

Photography

Tim Griffith

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