Five College Library Annex Project Receives Design-Build Award

At their recent annual meeting and design-build awards event in Framingham, the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), New England Region, presented the Five Annex May 2017College 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. Prior to construction, Cutler, an East Coast design-build and construction management firm, worked with Five Colleges and CSL on site selection. The design-build team then spent 12 months building the new 35,000-square-foot, climate-controlled library storage facility in Hatfield. The design provides for 9,000 square feet of processing, meeting and office space, and 26,000 square feet of storage space outfitted with the capacity to house 2.5 million volumes.

The success of the project, having maximized the value and efficiencies of taking a design-build approach, is proven by the numbers, according to Neal Abraham, executive director of Five Colleges. “Given the complexities of the site prep work and sophisticated building systems necessary for achieving the strict control of temperature and humidity, we are thrilled that the facility was completed on schedule and well under budget,” he said.

The Annex will provide shelving for items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst—freeing up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs. In addition, it will serve as a temporary home for much of the collection of Smith College’s Neilson Library while it undergoes a major renovation.