Colgate University Case Library and Geyer Center For Information Technology
Completion of the new Colgate University Library and Center for Information Technology is vital to achieving Colgate University’s goal to become a new model for liberal arts education. This facility, opened in 2007, and was the largest capital project in the University’s history.
Case Library features the latest information technology, including a three story library automated storage and retrieval (LASR) system, which provides an innovative solution to long-term housing of books with the maximum in storage space. A computer controlled forklift is able to access bins of stored material in 30 feet high by 115 feet long vault that will hold about 500,000 books. The facility will provide new and enhanced study space, in addition to a 24-hour café, flexible workrooms, two classrooms, a large reading room, and the video conference center. As a dynamic learning commons, the library and technology center symbolizes Colgate’s commitment to the full range of tools and techniques required for accessing and acquiring knowledge in the 21st century.
The first floor will house government documents, audio visual studios, and a conservation lab among other things. The second floor is dominated by a rare book reading room and archive but also houses faculty carrels, Library of Congress collections, and multimedia production rooms.
Integral Group was selected by the University to provide design peer review, commissioning and project close-out services. In addition, Integral’s involvement included some design effort to enhance MEP system operation and performance as well as serviceability.