Chicago, IL

University of Chicago, Joe and Rika Mansueto Library


Balancing the need for more space with a commitment to keeping the growing collection on campus, the University of Chicago undertook constructing a new library building that connects to the existing Regenstein Library. The design takes advantage of below grade levels and a high-density, automated storage and retrieval system to maximize capacity within congested campus site. Above grade, the library appears as a glass dome that encloses a large reading room along with the library’s conservation and digitization departments. SGH consulted on the building enclosure design for the project.

SGH consulted on the building enclosure, including the dome feature and two below-grade levels. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewing the building enclosure design for below-grade waterproofing and walls constructed with a slurry wall and secondary interior wall, dome glazing assemblies, and the bridge connecting to the Regenstein Library
  • Performing thermal analyses of representative locations to evaluate condensation risk where the glass dome meets the perimeter walls
  • Developing transition details for locations where dissimilar enclosure systems come together
  • Helping design waterproofing for the below-grade walls and underneath the slab-on-grade, as well as underslab and below-grade drainage strategies, including an interior drainage system used to collect and expel any water that bypasses the primary waterproofing system
  • Recommending a performance testing program to evaluate air and water infiltration at mockups and installed conditions

Project Summary



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New Construction
Building Enclosures
University of Chicago
Specialized Capabilities
Building Science | Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Vince Cammalleri
Vince Cammalleri
Building Technology Region Head, East