Five College Library Annex receives design-build project award

At its January annual meeting, the Design-Build Institute of America, New England Region, presented the Five College Library Annex project team with a Bronze Award in the Building Construction category. The winning collaboration included Five Colleges, CSL Consulting, Cutler Associates, Cutler Design, RDK Engineers, TFMoran and Berkshire Design, which worked together to build the 35,000-square-foot, climate-controlled shelving facility in Hatfield, opened in May 2017. With a capacity for 2.5 million volumes and more than 1 million volumes in place, the Annex currently houses much of Smith’s circulating collection, the Five College Library Repository Collection and items from UMass. Additionally, while Smith’s Neilson Library undergoes renovation, about a dozen of the library’s technical services staff members have temporary quarters at the Annex, which is a short drive from campus.