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The Glucksman Library

University of Limerick, Ireland

The Brief

The Glucksman Library officially opened its doors on the 22nd of June 2018. Located in the University of Limerick, it is the biggest on-campus library in Ireland and one of the most digitally advanced in the world. This $34m BAM development was named after Lew and Loretta Glucksman, long-time supporters of the university, who funded the new library.

The Process

The new library is double the size of the original and includes an ARC – Automated Reserve Collection facility, a 32′ 9 11/16” high vault to store over 500,000 books, operated by a robotic crane for easy retrieval.

The Challenge

The dynamic new building was designed by RKD Architects and has been dramatically reimagined and extended to 7,600 sq. (81805.72ft²) metres with a sequence of interlinked, beautifully proportioned spaces with large curtain wall screens and windows increasing the natural light. It has an additional 1,200 study places in a variety of learning styles that bring the total number of library study spaces to 2,100.

Here at APA Façade Systems, our team is committed to excellent environmental practice towards a greener, more sustainable environment. Our aluminum glazing profiles are designed and manufactured to conform with industry environmental standards, helping you achieve a silver, gold or platinum LEED certification.

inside the Glucksman Library at UL

System Used:
TB50 SG Facade System

Our TB50 SG facade system was expertly installed on this project by Season Master Double Glazing. This structurally glazed curtain wall system secures the glass by means of specially designed and tested toggles that are integral to the central seal of the double-glazed units. Silicone sealed, weather-resistant joints produce a flush, non-interrupted surface. For extra support to the facade, ten 7/8” glass fins, 23′ 7 7/16” high were bonded to a 2 15/16” wide bespoke aluminum mullion with a structurally clamped and sealed glass face.

Client: JJ Rhatigan

Architect: RKD Architects

System Partner: Season Master Double Glazing Ltd

 

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