Loyola Marymount University
Forward-looking new library building connects students to the past.
The library occupies a special place at Jesuit universities, acting as the institution’s intellectual and cultural nexus. Loyola Marymount University wanted their new library building to inhabit this traditional role as an inspirational center for learning and self-discovery, but also use modern sustainable design elements consistent with their environmental stewardship. We provided the MEPT design expertise to make the $55 million William H. Hannon Library’s sustainability goals a reality. We also took charge in obtaining the project’s LEED Gold certification.
The 120,000 SF facility uses variable air volume (VAV) with an advanced sequence of operation that maximizes energy efficiency. We also included desiccant dehumidification for archival storage areas and constant volume humidity control for the basement book storage area. Taking advantage of the building’s location perched on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the library’s mechanical systems harness the ocean breeze through on outside air system that helps to cool the building year-round.
A state-of-the-art daylight harvesting system naturally illuminates spaces, features individually dimmable fixtures and uses shading fins to minimize peak solar heat gain. Additionally, the building’s shell is outfitted with insulation that exceeds California state standards.