Lewis library fact sheet

Lewis library fact sheet
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First Published: Wed, Oct 29 2008. 10 17 PM IST

Gehry’s grey: The table and chair in front are Gehry designs.
Gehry’s grey: The table and chair in front are Gehry designs.
Updated: Wed, Oct 29 2008. 10 17 PM IST
Designed by Frank Gehry, the multi-storey, 87,000 sq. ft science library combines many of the university’s science collections and technology spaces, and has study, research and classroom areas, too.
Project description: Research and science library
Location: Corner of Washington Road and Ivy Lane at the south end of Princeton’s campus
Building name: Named for Peter B. Lewis, the chairman of the board of Progressive Corp., one of the US’ largest auto insurers, a Princeton University trustee and a member of the class of 1955. Lewis made a gift of $60 million in 2001 for the project
Architecture style: Modern
Architect selection: Gehry Partners Llp., November 2001
Construction commencement: November 2004
Construction completion: August 2008
Project size: 87,000 sq. ft gross
SIZE AND SUBSTANCE
Building materials:
Gehry’s grey: The table and chair in front are Gehry designs.
- 23 rolls of stainless steel, comprising 88,000 pounds of embossed stainless steel panels from the Swedish company Outokumpu
- 400 tonnes of steel
- 35,000 sq. ft of clay brick, weighing 620 tonnes, from IXL Canada
- 26,000 sq. ft of glass
- 11,000 sq. ft of stucco from Portland Cement Plaster
Windows: 1,100 sq. ft of punched window openings and 24,900 sq. ft of aluminium-glazed curtain wall
• Highest point: 105ft at its highest point
• Number of storeys: Four in the tower; three in the Ivy Lane wing; and two in the Washington Road wing
INSIDE
Amenities: Book stacks or high-density shelving, audio and video studio, atrium, academic classrooms, librarians’ offices and workrooms, reading and seating areas, library electronic classroom, library seminar rooms, computer clusters, study carrels, group study rooms, computer server room, and a subterranean connection to Fine Hall, McDonnell Hall, Jadwin Hall and the new chemistry building, which is now under construction
• Student study and classroom spaces:
- Six classrooms: five on level 100, off the lobby, and one electronic classroom on level 200
- Five seminar rooms: one on level 100, off the lobby, one on level 200, and three on level 300
- Nine group study rooms: two on level 300 and seven on level 400
OUTSIDE
• One dawn redwood was transplanted from the original site to the University’s Graduate College
• Ten other trees—sugar maples, red maples and emerald queen maples—were transplanted to the main campus to accommodate the new building and construction activities
New trees planted:
- 7 red maples (native species)
- 2 sugar maples (native species)
- 1 lace bark elm
- 4 white fringe trees
- 12 sweetbay magnolia (native species)
- 10 green hawthornes
- 18 sassafras (native species)
- 3 honey locust
- 3 longstalk holly
- 23 inkberry holly
Text courtesy Princeton University
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First Published: Wed, Oct 29 2008. 10 17 PM IST