Ivy Stacks, UVA’s library repository, opened in 1994 to meet the University’s storage needs for its growing collections. 2RW delivered sustainable MEP engineering services for the design (Phase I) of the new facility. Over the years, a number of renovations improved the longevity, accessibility, and usability of the University’s collections, positioning it to be a shared print repository for the State of Virginia.
In 2017, the University embarked on a major expansion (Phase II) of the facility in anticipation of the University’s Alderman Library renewal. This project doubled Ivy Stacks’ storage capacity, modernized systems, and provided an on-site reading room for researchers.
Sustainable MEP/FP engineering services that 2RW provided as part of the Phase II expansion project include:
State-of-the art MEP/FP systems which incorporate PV solar power generation create an optimal preservation environment in which the facility benefits from improved environmental conditions with the lowest possible energy consumption.
OWNER: University of Virginia
TIMEFRAME: 2017 – 2018
SIZE: 25,674 SF
COST: $8 million
This expansion doubled Ivy Stacks’ storage capacity, enabling it to temporarily accommodate 1.2 million volumes from Alderman Library during a major renovation and expansion.