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FRANK P. DOYLE LIBRARY, SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE

Santa Rosa, CA | Complete

The new Main Library for Santa Rosa Junior College sits at the heart of the oak studded brick campus. Working with Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Architects of Boston, this new 145,000 s.f. Library comfortably fits into the historic campus. Student use of the Library has increased three to four times since opening in the fall of 2006.

This library design focuses on an environment for teaching and learning information literacy. Collaborative work environments such as group study rooms, a coffee bar, and Center for New Media for faculty and staff make the library the social, cultural and symbolic center of the campus. A museum quality Art Gallery and bustling Tutorial Center reinforce the vibrancy of the building. Furniture selection and interior design for collaborative work were a paramount concern in the design of the new library.

The Frank P. Doyle Library incorporates a number of strategies to make the facility more sustainable. To accomplish this, and to increase the long-term efficiency in operational costs the building employs a variety of strategies including Thermal Energy Storage Ice Banks and a 58 Kilowatt photovoltaic array on the roof.