When it comes to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design of a library, there are unique challenges to tackle. Specific to book-lined community spaces, our team takes special care in reviewing the following items:
Comfort – many of us can recall spending too many hours in a frigid, way-too-cold library. At RWB, we have a deep understanding of the way that temperature, humidity, and ventilation impact a person’s productivity and enjoyment of a space. Our engineers take great care to ensure the mechanical system is right-sized and designed for optimal comfort.
Noise – Here’s a question: if libraries are now built for collaboration, will they stereotype of the shushing librarian persist? The truth is that libraries serve a dual purpose of a quiet space for reading and studying, while also promoting group learning and community events. As a result, it’s crucial to design spaces with sound levels in mind. At RWB, we take great care when working on library projects to understand the programming and use of all library spaces. This way, our team can make the best design decisions and product choices to meet our clients’ needs.
Technology Needs – Across every building we design, the expectation for technology has grown tenfold. In a library specifically, our clients want even more computers than ever before. Plus, additional plugs and outlets need to line every wall and table edge. And perhaps the most daunting part of these additions is ensuring the operation of these devices over time. Our electrical team has a high level of knowledge in designing technology-ready buildings that work not just the first day – but every day.