Learning Resource Center | Suffolk County Community College | Brentwood, New York

70,000 SF | information commons | reference information and tech help desks | auditorium | reference and general collections | media center | academic tutoring center | writing center | computer lab | faculty athenaeum | board room
The Learning Resource Center at Suffolk County Community College is a lantern of learning. The building is a prism for illuminating the interior spaces during the day and a beacon for illuminating the campus during the night. A simple nine square cube deploys the library program on two floors. Portions of the cube are removed to allow natural light to penetrate deep within the building, thus a majority of spaces have access to day light and view. A central lantern houses an information commons, the collaborative learning room of the college, and rises above the roof line of the library to become a visible beacon on the campus. The Learning Resource Center program provides space for both dynamic social learning afforded by the collaborative program activities of the Information Commons and the traditional quiet single scholar studying in the collection and reading room areas. An exterior ventilated terra cotta façade, roof garden and radiant heating and cooling slabs are a few sustainable strategies employed to achieve a LEED silver certification.