UAA/UPA Consortium Library

University of Alaska/Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, AK

The University desired to architecturally express the advancement of information technology with a “Library of the 21st Century”. Thus, the impact of evolving information technologies was a point of focus for the program and design. Access was provided to the entire range of information resources, including print and audio-visual materials held by local libraries, data accessible through the Internet, and digital libraries. MCH provided acoustical consulting services encompassing all aspects of HVAC noise and vibra­tion control, sound isolation and room acoustics. 


The library’s design also provides magnificent views of the Chugach Mountain Range. Study areas were placed on a cur­vilinear wall facing these breathtaking views. To allow an optimal amount of daylight into the study area while minimiz­ing the harmful effects of UV rays on the library’s collection, the exterior walls were tilted out 12 degrees. 


This project encompasses the development of a new 120,000 sf addition to the 87,000sf existing UAA/APU Consortium Library. Construction was completed in 2004 for $44M and was undertaken in a way to minimize interruption of the existing library.


Reference: Larry Cash, Architect 907.258.7777