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  Johnston Community College Learning Resource CenterJohnston Community College Learning Resource Center


MBAJ Architecture
9131 Anson Way, #204, Raleigh, NC 28615

General Description

Location: Smithfield, North Carolina
Date Bid:
Date Bid: Nov 2008
Construction Period: Dec 2008 to May 2010
Total Square Feet: 81,327 Site: 21.89 acres
Number of Buildings: One; 25 classrooms, 30 per class.
LEED® Pending
Building Size: First floor, 63,341; second floor, 17,986; total, 81,327 square feet. Building Height: Total, 46’2''.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type III B Sprinkled/Pre-Engineered Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal wall panel. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 401 West Capitol, #305, Little Rock, AR 72201
General Contractor: May Construction Company - 2226 Cottondale Lane, #100, Little Rock, AR 72203
Mechanical Engineer: Innovative Solutions Group, Inc. - 136 Apple Blossom Loop, Maumelle, AR 72113
Electrical Engineer: Lucas, Merriott & Associates - 2225 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
Civil Engineer: Crafton Tull Sparks & Associates - 10825 Financial Center Parkway, #300, Little Rock, AR 72211

The new Johnson Community College Learning Resource Center is a 35,000-square-foot two-story building located on the College's main campus in Smithfield, North Carolina. This facility replaces the former crowded library originally built in the 1970's. The Learning Resource Center will be the central focus campus once the main roadway is realigned.

The facility is designed with maximum flexibility in mind and a conscious effort to bring as much natural light into the Learning Resource Center as possible. The Library area includes an open computer lab, a dedicated classroom, multiple group study rooms, a business center, a North Carolina Archives room, a separate Listening and Viewing Room, and a Children's Library. The Library furnishings include lower stacks surrounded by multiple seating arrangements to provide both intimate seating areas and open study tables. Other features of the building include a library staff support suite, a Coffee Bar that will later be adapted into a Campus Cafe, and two state-of-the-art Distance Learning Classrooms in a
second story suite.

Features of the building include design for appropriate solar orientation, solar shading, roller shade systems to control natural light, windows to all internal spaces for borrowed indirect daylight, water efficient plumbing fixtures, hot water supplied by a high efficiency gas fired water heater and select point of use electric heaters at remote locations, design for a future gray water system from the county's waste water treatment facility for all water closets and urinals, preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, low maintenance landscaping, bike racks, outdoor study areas, and the use of materials with high recycled content and low VOC's. In addition recycling centers are spread throughout both floors.

The mechanical system utilizes a natural gas fired 92% efficient condensing boiler for hot water heating. Chilled water is provided by a 120 ton modular air cooled chiller with an 11.7 EER. One constant volume air handler is utilized for the Library in conjunction with hot water baseboard heat. Two variable volume air handlers serving hot water VAV boxes are used to condition the distance learning, office area and miscellaneous spaces. All three air handlers utilize demand control ventilation. The systems are controlled with a DDC system that results in a 44.7 KBTU/SF/YR energy usage or a 28% savings over ASHRAE.

The majority of the lighting for the facility consists of T8 fixtures. All individual areas are controlled by occupancy sensors. In addition, the lighting in the Library is controlled by daylight sensors. A back-up generator has been provided for the fire pump and emergency lighting. The generator also eliminates the need for replacement batteries over the life of the building.

LEED® Points 45 Total
Sustainable Sites                    7
Water Efficiency                   3
Energy & Atmosphere             11
Materials & Resources             6
Indoor Environmental Quality  13
Innovation Design Process       4

Product Information
Building Envelope: Daltile Manufactured Stone, Dryvit
Roofing: Duro Last Roofing, McElroy Metal
Interior: Marshfield Wood Doors, Armstrong, CertainTeed, Hunter Douglas Blinds & Shades, MBI Acoustical Panels, Sherwin Williams.
Flooring: Forbo, Tandus, Roppe.
Lighting: Day-Brite, Crestron.
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Tubelite Elevators: Schindler

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