Learning Commons, Lancaster Bible College|
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Dec 2010 Construction Period: Mar 2011 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 41,637 Site: 8.23 acres. Number of
Building Size: Basement, 4,106; first floor, 14,159; second
floor, 13,238; third floor, 10,134; total, 41,637 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 12’; first floor, 17’; second floor,
17’; third floor, 12’; total, 64’9”.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB. Foundation:
Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick, steel stud, EIFS. Roof:
Asphalt shingles, membrane Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Providence Engineering Corporation - 10
Eisenhower Boulevard, Lancaster, PA 17603
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Horst Construction Company -
320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
Mechanical Engineer: Brubaker, Inc. - 1284 Rohrerstown Road,
Lancaster, PA 17601
Electrical Engineer: Mast Electric, Inc. - 16 Holly Drive, Leola,
Commercial Interior Designer: Godshall Commercial Interiors -
2551 Ponderosa Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
Landscape Architect: Derck & Edson Associates, LLP - 33 South
Broad Street, Lititz, PA 17543
In early 2006, a journey began to explore the needs for the library on
the campus of Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Possibilities were explored from renovations/additions to the existing
facility to a totally new facility located elsewhere on campus. The
"library" project also evolved to a "student learning commons" which
houses a library function.
After LBC gave consideration to using a large city firm specializing in
library design, they decided upon Cornerstone Design - Architects (CDA),
whom had designed numerous other facilities on campus. CDA knew the
client and their vision, and were well versed at a collaborative working
relationship with Horst Construction, who would build the facility.
LBC has a vision "to be a premier learning community that intentionally
develops the head, heart, and hands of servant ministry leaders for
global impact" (quoted from a handout produced by LBC for the
ribbon-cutting ceremony). Such a high calling was understood by
Cornerstone and they began designing, alongside a good team of LBC
representatives, to create a monumental facility that was cost
effective, yet attractive and worthy to represent such a calling.
Part of that mission was to also include sustainable design practices in
as much as it made sense economically like the 30 wells and geo-thermal
heating and cooling system. Also, this was the first building that would
occupy and set the tone for their north campus development.
The heart is represented on the campus by the Good Shepherd Chapel
facility, with its steeple rising high above the campus buildings and a
visual landmark miles away when traveling south on the adjacent Route
222. The selected location allowed a proposed north-south pedestrian
concourse to be the organizing principle for the positioning of the
student learning center, which has a clerestory tower right on axis with
the concourse and the chapel steeple. The connection between head and
heart became part of the campus fabric, symbolically represented by the
two major buildings on campus.
The building length was at a 45 degree angle off axis to begin the flow
easterly towards future north campus development. The 41,636-square-feet
facility, in addition to the library housing a main collection over
192,000 items, also provides learning support services, information
literacy lab, music composition lab featuring ten iMac' workstations,
collaborative study rooms, a writing center, classrooms and a popular
spot, Bennee's Bistro at the front entrance with both indoor and outdoor
Dr. Peter W. Teague, President of LBC, stated the following at the
ribbon-cutting chapel service. "The building design is unique in that
there are five levels built within a traditional three-story building
design. Two internal twin towers, one 73-ft. tall and one 45-ft. tall,
provide the feeling of space and light.
These towers represent teaching and learning, drawing us to the One in
whom are hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3)."
The internal towers were an item of discussion with the local code
officials. Cornerstone proposed a solution to use two hour rated,
smoke-tight, horizontal fire shutters, which close automatically when
the fire alarm is engaged, as a means to control the mitigation of smoke
to lower egress areas and enable exhaust control at the top of the
towers. In normal situations, natural light, and reflected sunlight at
different parts of the day, create a warm and hospitable internal
environment and connection to the outdoor climate. Other than the
mezzanine for the one level of library stacks which has an open railing,
other areas of the building are visually open, but physically separated
via floor to ceiling, one half inch thick butt glazing.
We could rehearse the technology support that the students now have
available to them, or recite other green inclusions, and dialogue about
other design features, but suffice it to say, this facility has raised
the educational offerings to the student body tremendously and makes a
significant contribution to LBC's commitment to providing a quality
Metal Trusses: All Span, Inc., Dietrich Metal
Roofing: Firestone, CertainTeed
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: InterfaceFLOR, Tarkett, Mohawk
Lighting: Lithonia, Rae, Progress, Cooper, Emergi-Lite, Juno,