McGill University Library Collection Facility

Broccolini was commissioned to design-build this storage facility for McGill University. Located in a green industrial zone in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, this building will house volumes from the university’s library collections.

With a total surface area of approximately 43,000 square feet and a minimum interior height of 7.6 metres, the facility will include a warehouse area with an automated storage/retrieval system for the storage of 2.5 million library volumes. The building will also feature a 3,300-square-foot open storage area with shelving, an administrative space that can accommodate 5 people, as well as a large processing area. The site will be developed to allow for future expansion of the storage area.

In order to accommodate the automated storage equipment, the building will feature a slab with a precise flatness and a superior bearing capacity. The building’s footprint and vertical clearance have also been designed to accommodate this equipment. To ensure the appropriate temperature and humidity levels for book storage, the storage areas will be environmentally controlled zones. Furthermore, a pre-action sprinkler system will limit the risks of water damage to the library collections, and the landscaping and mitigation measures have also been designed to limit the risks of water damage.

The project aims to achieve LEED V4 Silver Certification.

This project is a priority on McGill University’s calendar and the expected delivery date is slated for the end of December 2022.

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5595 Avenue Pierre-Dansereau, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec

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Building Area:

43,000 sq.ft.