Grand Valley State University’s (Allendale, Michigan) $65 million Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons
Submitted by Megan Coder
Opened in June 2013.
Grand Valley's new library, which opened in June 2013 is a strong example of a sustainable and resilient, and possibly regenerative, library-- from its initial impulse to truly put students first and create a building that supports a full range of their needs, engaging them, enabling them to do what they need and want to do. These elements make the library a conduit in their lives on campus rather than a destination. The renovation process engaged a broad group of stakeholders in making a place that would propel the entire community forward in sustainability initiatives, and set the expectation that the library is essential to the future evolution of the community's success and vitality. Flexible design choices and management add resiliency. The active education and modeling of sustainability fuels a positive cycle toward a regenerative atmosphere.
View more photos and details at http://gvsu.edu/library/newbuilding/.
Grand Valley State University also has a strong sustainability presence and the Sustainability office has been in place at GVSU for 11 years.
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