Magill Library | Haverford College

Keast & Hood first gained experience with Haverford’s Magill Library while serving as the structural engineer for the building’s master plan in 2013. An amalgamation of four different structures, the library no longer served the school or its students efficiently. ..

Keast & Hood first gained experience with Haverford’s Magill Library while serving as the structural engineer for the building’s master plan in 2013. An amalgamation of four different structures, the library no longer served the school or its students efficiently.

Following the study, Keast & Hood was retained to provide structural design for the building’s renovation and addition. The original L-shaped library was constructed on or about 1860 with additions in 1890, 1912, 1941, 1951 and 1967. The most historic of the grouping is the 1890’s portion which will be retained in the new design. Selective demolition will remove the 1940’s and portions of the 1960’s buildings with infill to follow.

The new design focuses on a more efficient spatial configuration and circulation while featuring the historic 1890’s building. Project scope includes design for a new feature stair, elevator, and clerestory which will bring natural light into the space utilizing glulam arches. Structural scope is complicated by tight floor-to-floor ratios. To match the existing floor elevations, the structure will utilize concrete flat slab construction. Engineers are also maximizing column spacing (22 ft on center) for open floor layouts. Additional design features include large skylights, existing building upgrades, landscape upgrades, design for mobile book stacks and a new basement addition.

CLIENT: Perry Dean Rodgers
LOCATION: Haverford, PA

TYPE: Academic, Library, SERVICES: Renovation, MATERIALS: SUSTAINABILITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

project renderings © Perry Dean Rodgers

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