The large internal reading space in the Library Building acquires an airy feel where the principal support to the double height space is provided using glue-laminated timber beams. These are integral with fair faced concrete columns and with a feature steel spiral stairway. This is a clear example of architecture and engineering combining to provide a striking solution, with low embodied energy. Both buildings are naturally ventilated as much as possible and use the thermal mass of the building in order to regulate the temperature of the internal environment. Solar shading is provided by means of featured steel Brise Soleil on the critical elevations.
Expansion at Waterford Institute of Technology in the south east of Ireland has been prevalent in the past decade with buildings complete from the year 2000 to 2007. Buildings have been designed for maximum energy efficiency and the Library Building was the recipient of the first ever Environmental/Sustainability award in Ireland.
The Library Building was the recipient of the first ever Environmental/ Sustainability award under the Minister for Environment Sustainability Awards in the year 2000. The Walton IT Building also received an award from the OPUS Architecture and Construction Awards 2005.Back to Education
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