Pacific University Library

Forest Grove, Oregon

How do we take cues from surrounding historic buildings to incorporate a new state-of-the-art library into a campus core?

Envisioned as the academic and social heart of the campus, the Library expands collections as it integrates technology, and offers a variety of study and meeting spaces overlooking the school’s ancient oak groves. . The graceful architecture of the two-story Library echoes the strong foundation of Pacific University’s successful history while moving it confidently into the future.

The new Library brings covered walkways to the “Heart of Oak”, a foreground to the dramatic Atrium Lobby which measures 60 feet at its peak. A sweeping curved stair leads to the Reading Room, Conference Room and major collections. The Library’s 24-Hour Study Center, a special feature requested by Library users, is steps away from the University Center. Other amenities in the Library include individual and group study spaces with Internet-ready access, compact shelving for periodical research, and the Study Loft, which is a mezzanine space with views unequaled on campus.

Year Completed:
2005
Size:
49,000 sf
Construction Cost:
$8.1 million
Project Contact:
Edward Running, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate, Education Market Lead
Recognitions:

LEED certified

ART ON DISPLAY

The Pacific University Library houses a large installation by celebrated American glass artist Walter Gordinier. The atrium takes full advantage of the installation by placing the artists’ work front and center, ensuring that it is visible from both floors, and back-light by strategically placed windows.