Constructed in 1966, Seattle University’s historic Lemieux Library is one of the college’s most iconic structures. Our firm designed a complete renovation and seismic upgrade for the library, beginning with a review and needs assessment that provided design options for utility connections, sewer upgrades, and changes to maintain access to the library throughout construction. Built of structural steel with a braced frame lateral system, the three-story McGoldrick Learning Commons was added to the front of the building and features classrooms, public study areas, and conference space. With major site changes also affecting the Student Center, we approached site design as a master plan. A large and visible stormwater system elegantly threads through the site and is discovered through rain gardens, swales graced with native plants, reclaimed granite water walls, and a meadow where the remaining rainwater is infiltrated, confirming SU’s commitment to sustainability.
Archdiocese of Seattle, Seattle University
140,500 SF, 2 Acres
Mithun, Pfeiffer Partners Architects, M.A. Mortenson Company