The University of Arkansas chose to construct a new, high-density storage facility to relocate infrequently used library materials and make room for more study and collaborative workspaces in Mullins Library. The Library Storage Building can hold approximately 1.8 million volumes when filled to capacity and contains a workroom for repair and restoration of materials.
The building is the first in Arkansas to be constructed of cross-laminated timber (CLT), which was used as the roof and walls. Glued laminated timber (glulam) made up the structural frame. Bernhard was the engineer of record for the project, gaining hands-on experience with the design and construction of this unique structural system.
We worked closely with the architect to coordinate equipment selection and placement to ensure proper function without detracting from the visual impact of the wooden interior. The facility’s HVAC design incorporated complex requirements for filtering, temperature, pressure, and humidity control to aid in material preservation of the documents stored within the facility.