It has been nearly 40 years since substantial improvements have been made to Albright College’s library and college administration building. The imposing brick and concrete structure was built in 1963 with a major addition in 1977.
Fundraising is underway for a proposed $11 million renovation to create a vibrant learning commons designed for students, faculty, skilled professionals, information resources, high-end technology resources, and student support services. Albright’s program calls for relocating administrative offices to free up square footage for the Writing and Academic Learning Centers; private, quiet, and group spaces; tutoring rooms; and food and beverage facilities.
Project goals include improvements to the building envelope, accessibility and collections storage, and optimized energy efficiency achieved through a variety of mechanical and electrical engineering design solutions. As part of engineering design for Gingrich Library, BBA is evaluating mechanical system improvements including a dedicated outdoor air system and chilled beams to maximize ceiling height and to reduce noise and vibration throughout the building.