High Density Book Storage Facility

Plainsboro, NJ

Project Details

Book Storage Facility Expansion

Formed in 1999 by Columbia University, New York Public Library, and Princeton University, the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP) is a cold-storage book archiving facility in Princeton University’s Forrestal Center campus. The facility houses rarely-circulated books in a high-density, racked environment that ensures the preservation of these valuable materials.

The building design meets the program’s high technical demands and stringent insurance requirements. Because of the value of its contents, the building is divided into 15,000 square-foot modules separated by MFL assemblies that meet the stringent requirements of FM Global; the refrigerated building also provides strict control for temperature and humidity.

A building designed for long-term use must do more than survive, it must also perform efficiently. Because the building’s highest energy load coincides with sunny days, the design team installed a roof-mounted photovoltaic array that reduces the building’s peak demand from utility companies and, as a result, energy costs.

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