Building Data - Main Library

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Ground Broken: August 9, 1966
Building opened: January 19, 1970
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
Walter A. Netsch, John Hartmann
Interior Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Robert D. Kleinschmidt
Graphic Designer: Lindell Mabrey Designs,
General Contractors: Pepper Construction Company,


Gross square feet: 398,000
Net square feet (assignable area): 329,941
Percentage of square feet assignable: 82.8%


Total seating: 2,908 (Excludes Deering)
Seating in assigned carrels and studies

136 single studies 136
52 double studies 104
352 open carrels 352
8 group carrel rooms, average room seats 8 62
  total 654

18 Seminar Rooms, 16 seats each (288 seats total)
Forum Room: 80
Student Lounge and Canteen: 85
Faculty Lounge: 41

Total shelving: 1,700,000 volumes (Excludes Deering)
Each tower level: 120,000 volumes
Reference: 70,000 volumes
Core: 50,000 volumes
Compact Storage: 342,400 volumes


Bookstacks (bracket type): Estey Corp.
Bookstacks (case type): Shelco Systems Corp.
Card catalogs: Herman Miller, Inc.
Desks and filing cabinets: Marshall Field & Co. (Steelcase, Inc.)
Chairs: Atelier International, Ltd.
Upholstered furniture: Lakeside Furniture Manufacturing Co.
Carrels, conference tables and other wood furniture: Woodwork Corp. of America
Carpeting: Thomas Moulding Floor Co., Inc.
Booktrucks: Lorraine Jensen & Collins, Inc. (Sjostrom Co.)
Map cases: Hendricksen & Co. (Singer Co., Corry Jamestown Division)
Book conveyor: Conveyor Systems
Audio equipment: Ferrari, Inc.
Signs: Architectural Signing, Inc.



Total project cost: $12,321,906
(includes equipment, book cleaning, moving, landscaping)

Construction costs: $10,168,244.00
Equipment costs: 1,946,265.00
Cost per square foot: 31.00
Shell cost per square foot: 25.50
Book cleaners, American Industrial
Cleaning Company
Movers, Hallett and Sons: 80,000.00
Landscapers, Northwestern University
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