Seattle University’s expanded library trying for LEED Gold
Pfeiffer Partners Architects, in collaboration with Mithun Architects, programmed, planned, and designed the $55 million renovation and expansion of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons at Seattle University. A three-story, 33,000-sf addition was added to the 92,677-sf complex, creating a new “front door” for the existing six-story building, built in 1966. The new learning commons occupies two floors within the facility and includes a media center, digital commons, media production center, writing and learning center, and research center. The expanded library has about 1,000 seats and can hold 380,000 volumes. The complex also includes the “Byte” café, group study spaces, and interactive “smart” classrooms. The LEED-Gold-designed facility’s green features include daylighting, sustainable and recycled materials, and a rain garden.