Mary Idema Pew Library, Learning and Information Commons

  • area / size 150,000 sqft
  • Completed 2013
  • Type Library,
  • Stantec completed the design for the Mary Idema Pew Library’s Learning and Information Commons located in Allendale, Michigan.

    This 150,000 SF landmark building replaces the original award-winning Zumberge Library, built in 1968. The siting and design of the new library focuses on sustainable concepts, including building orientation, a green roof, material selection, and natural lighting. The building is located along the main campus axis, framing the clock tower, a campus icon, creating a strong public plaza for student gathering and social events.

    During the visioning and planning phase of this project, Stantec teamed with Steelcase and GVSU to perform primary research to test and study how students interacted in new conceptual interactive learning environments. The results of this research allowed our design team to analyze data that revealed patterns of student behavior, thus allowing us to form design principles that respond to the needs of today’s student. The Library has achieved LEED Platinum certification and been the recipient of over 10 design and construction awards.

    Contractor: Pioneer Construction
    Photography: James Haefner