Aquinas College identified a need to expand their library resources and turned to Erhardt Construction for assistance. We began our involvement in the project prior to design by assisting in feasibility studies that were based on the college’s financial capacity and their student needs. After Erhardt budgeted several design and construction options, the college made a fully informed decision to renovate the existing Jarecki School of Advanced Learning.
The project included the renovation of 41,000 square feet of existing floor space, and construction of a three-story, 27,000 square foot addition. The project was separated into two phases to staff offices during the summer and fall semesters. Construction of the addition began in June 2005, and the existing building was vacated on January 1, 2006. For seven months, we worked closely with the faculty and students to ensure that classes were not disrupted and operations continued.
With a vibrant, active campus, Erhardt also had to be concerned with the student and pedestrian foot traffic in the area. The Library is in the center hub of Aquinas’s campus. Prior to construction Erhardt determined it would be necessary to reroute student traffic away from the construction site. We provided an alternate paved “temporary” path that diverted students north of the construction site. The temporary path remains in use today.
This project is LEED Silver Certified™ by the U.S. Green Building Council.