The design-build University of California, Irvine Law School Library project consisted of the complete renovation of approximately 22,000 square feet of the existing Berkeley Place South building. This new facility is the central books and reference hub for the campus’ recently established School of Law. The library houses up to 60,000 volumes and includes wireless access throughout the facility. A computer lab and individual study rooms accommodate the needs of the student population in this landmark campus program.
Funding was limited for this project, so innovative ideas that would serve dual purposes were encouraged. One of the challenges the PCL team encountered involved the book stacks: in an area designated to house eight-foot-high bookshelves, there was no room to install countertops for writing surfaces. The PCL team’s solution was to work with the shelving subcontractor to make every other row of bookshelves low enough to serve as a writing surface.