Rhodes College Paul Barret, Jr. Library

Location:  Memphis, Tennessee Architect:  Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company This state of the art library is 136,000 SF located in the center of Rhodes College Campus.  It is surrounded by 100 acres of landscaping and buildings.  Paul Barret, Jr. Library is a technology hub containing a theater, complete media production facilities, and a teaching and learning center.  The 3 and 4 story library is designed to incorporate many quiet study spaces, areas for computer access, media production, and open areas where students and professors may work together.  The entire library is a completely wireless environment. Concrete and steel were used to allow for heavy loads at the stack areas.  Reinforced concrete was included to aid in meeting the seismic...
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Memphis/Shelby County Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Location:  Memphis, Tennessee Architect:  Looney Ricks Kiss Architects This $65 million library is built on a 12 acre urban site in Memphis.  It is 6 stories including a basement, garden level and mechanical penthouse.  It is 330,000 SF and was constructed with a one-way pan joist system using concrete shear walls.  A monumental stair is the centerpiece of this public gathering space.  In addition to the material collections, public reading rooms, and staff workplaces, the fully accessible building provides public meeting rooms that are available after hours, and bookstore, as well as a public radio and TV studio....
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