SU Wins New Landmark Library Award

2012-06-29
By Stacy Howard
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Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor

Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has received a “New Landmark Library” award. Library Journal, the most widely-read periodical in the library profession, recognized SU for its powerful blend of architecture, design and services. The SU library is one of just five in the nation to receive the honor.

The renovated building opened in fall 2010, creating a bold new mecca for students. Square footage increased by 50 percent to more than 125,000 square feet. The purpose of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is to create a multipurpose space not only for learning, but for socializing and exploring. The structure houses quiet and active spaces for students to work, computer labs, a media production center, writing center, math lab and more. Along with all of these new features, the architects kept the white marble façade and double helix staircase loved by the campus community.

“This recognition has really honored the vision and aspirations of the entire campus community, said John Popko, Seattle University librarian.  "It corroborates the responses of our students and faculty who have embraced this facility, made it their own and whose educational and academic experiences can be transformed by it.”

The New Landmark Libraries project, introduced in 2011, identifies trendsetting library buildings across the country. The awards are based on overall design and construction excellence, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, beauty and delight, and more.

“Each of these winning libraries stood out in terms of the final project but also because of their process in arriving at the final design – the discussions with stakeholders, the focus on the needs of students and the success in overcoming challenges,” said Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal’s Editor-in-Chief. “These New Library Landmarks reinterpret the definition, concept and functionality of the traditional academic library.”