Grand Valley State University Library of the Future

The Library of the Future a model for the new learning environment is a student and user focused design highlighting concepts of retail, exhibition, and interactive and immersive technologies. To achieve this new model, SHW Group investigated social patterns of group work, casual/serendipitous work and formal work. The resulting design provides a variety of learning and interaction spaces: individual, large, and small group study and instructional spaces, bibliographic training and social interaction spaces such as a caf.

This 150,300 SF landmark building will be seeking LEED Platinum certification and will replace the original award winning Zumberge Library, built in 1968. The siting and design of the new library focuses on sustainable concepts, including building orientation, a green roof, material selection, and natural lighting. The building will be located along the main campus axis, framing the clock tower, a campus icon, creating a strong public plaza for student gathering and social events.


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One Campus Drive , Allendale , 49401 ,