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UVU Library Wins Prestigious Design-Build Award of Excellence

Dec. 23, 2008

The new Utah Valley University Library was recently honored by the Design-Build Institute of America's Rocky Mountain Region with a 2008 Design-Build Award of Excellence. The nearly 200,000-square-foot library was the recipient of the award for "Best Project - Public Sector Building Over $15 Million." The design-build team included Layton Construction Co., Inc. and subcontractors Rydalch Electric, Western States Mechanical, Sanpete Steel and Linford Glass, working alongside the architectural team comprised of Cooper Roberts Simonsen Architects (executive architect) and Alspector Architecture (design architect). Completing the design-build team were UVU officials from the Campus Facilities Department and library staff.

The Design-Build Awards of Excellence honor projects that use advanced and innovative applications of total integrated project delivery and showcase the discovery and use of unique solutions for project challenges. Winning projects also exemplify principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation and problem solving that characterize design-build delivery.

The design-build team for the UVU Library recognized the importance and benefit of utilizing a process that was collaborative, efficient and integrated in order to create a successful design for the library. Large scale and regular team interactions were an integral component of the process to ensure creative synergy between all team members was created and fostered throughout the duration of the project. The team worked closely to understand the needs, goals and objectives of the state of Utah and UVU and incorporated them into the completed facility. Among other things, the design-build approach allowed the building to be completed a year earlier than officials had originally thought possible.

The new library at Utah Valley University is a showpiece for the university and will eventually anchor a quad that will emerge as new construction continues on the growing campus. The library is anticipated to serve 30,000 students by the year 2020. The UVU Library was the first building to incorporate Utah's new High Performance Building Standard. The library is extremely energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Features of the facility include a large data center, classrooms, lecture halls that seat as many as 150 students, private group study rooms, an in-house cafe and an overall open environment with grand views of Utah Lake to the west and Mount Timpanogos to the east.

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