The David Allan Hubbard Library represented DPR’s second project on the Fuller campus, following completion of a student housing project. As the world’s largest interdenominational seminary, the owner wanted to create a world-class library that would be the largest of its kind on the Pacific Rim. The project included a new 48,250-sq.-ft. addition to the existing 34,705-sq.-ft. McAlister Library, with two stories below grade and three above. The library was designed to house approximately 1.3 million volumes in multiple languages and includes reading rooms, study carrels and conventional stacks. Several thousand books are the only known copy, with some dating back as far as the 1500s.

A key architectural focal point at the building’s entry is a stylized open book feature, accomplished through a glazing structure. DPR’s ability to innovate was critical as it contended with construction challenges that included a tight downtown site with very little lay down area. The building is surrounded on all four sides: two sides adjacent to existing buildings, and a city street and a utility right of way on the other sides. To stabilize the below-grade walls, the project employed a system that utilizes large, 50-ft.-long, 12-inch-diameter pipes. This was used in lieu of the more common tie-back system in deference to adjacent property owners who did not want tie backs underneath their structures.

BIM Features

  • MEP & Fire Sprinkler Coordination
  • Clash Detection

Green Features

  • Supporting alternative transportation - close to Metro, preferred parking for low-fuel energy efficient vehicle, bike racks & showers
  • Onsite stormwater quality control
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Water use reduction, including over 40% reduction from the baseline water use calculation, through the use of ultra efficient fixtures & without reliance on onerous maintenance
  • Dependent devices such as waterless urinals
  • Reuse of existing library, over 75% of existing walls, floors, roof, & over 50% of non-structural interior elements
  • Recycled construction & demo waste tracked at 89%
  • Recycled materials
  • Use of almost all FSC certified wood for library casework & millwork
  • Construction IAQ plan & management
  • Low VOC paints, adhesives, sealants & carpets

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