University of the Pacific McGeorge Law LibraryNovember 20, 2014
A new main building entry was created that leads into a large center atrium space organizing the various library spaces. The design of the library spaces reflect the evolution of the modern library as a social space — where students access information using different methods of technology and subsequently study together in many different social formats.
The project dramatically improves the function and aesthetic of the existing library. With the building’s expansion and the new main entry, the library is prominently visible on the existing main Quad, the center of campus. The new entry plaza acts as a student hub with seating, a display area for current library information, and a donor recognition wall.
Inside the library, a variety of study areas accommodates the different needs and study methods of contemporary law students. A large reading room is broken down into smaller semi-private study areas and shaped by a surrounding bookshelf system, which provide a sense of privacy yet allows an unobstructed view of the entire space. The design of the reading room visually connects the interior to the outdoors, capitalizing on the striking views of the heart of the campus — the Quad.
To allow for continued use of the library with minimum disruption and inconvenience to students and staff, the project is being constructed over four phases.
Location / year
Sacramento, CA / 2011
Principals in Charge
Dwight Long, AIA
LEED & Green Building
Jeff Galbraith, LEED AP
Pfau Long Architecture
Sustainable / LEED
Registered/Designed for LEED