Photo by Thaddeus P. Jusczyk

Solution

Ringling College of Art and Design, Alfred R. Goldstein Library

Sarasota, FL

Client

Shepley Bulfinch

Completion

2017

Awards

2019 Honor Award of Excellence, New Work, AIA Florida
2018 Library Interior Design Award, ALA/IIDA
2018 Honor Award for New Work - Commercial/Public, AIA Gulf Coast
2017 Building of the Year, Gold Award in the Public Building/Public Space Category, SRQ Magazine
Ringling College of Art and Design, Alfred R. Goldstein Library

Photo by Thaddeus P. Jusczyk

Ringling College of Art and Design, Alfred R. Goldstein Library

Photo by Elan Photography

Ringling College of Art and Design, Alfred R. Goldstein Library

Ringling College of Art and Design wanted a new library to accommodate growth and new technologies, while being a place where students and faculty could study and collaborate. To support these goals, the space is highly customizable with moveable furniture and work areas influenced by student input. SGH was the structural engineer for this building.

Scope | Solutions

SGH designed the structure for this new 46,000 sq ft facility for library, learning commons, high-density filing, and student life functions. Highlights of our design include the following:

  • Steel-framed structure with cantilevers creating interior features, such as  the twisting monumental stair and walkways that appear to float within the spaces

  • Long-span framing over the open multistory atrium

  • Eccentrically braced frames resisting lateral loads while working around the architectural layout

  • Exterior masonry designed to resist hurricane winds and wind-borne debris

  • Shading canopies, a rooftop trellis, and facade screens with attachments designed to resist hurricane winds and constructed with slats aligned as they transition from the vertical screens to the horizontal trellis

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