With construction nearing completion on the new Neilson Library and renovated Alumnae Gymnasium at Smith College, Arrowstreet’s furniture package is nearly ready for installation. The two buildings will make up the college’s new campus library and will house the college’s extensive collection, as well as provide library services, classrooms, staff offices, research resources and study space. Maya Lin Studio in conjunction with William Bialosky Architects are the designers of the project, with Shepley Bulfinch as the lead architect.
Looking to Maya Lin Studio’s initial design concept and working closely with the library team, Arrowstreet developed a furniture package that complements the interior architecture, while also thoughtfully considers the function of each of the unique spaces in the library. The furniture package includes a range of solutions for student study space including lounge seating, private study, group collaboration and seminar rooms, as well as workstations and private offices for the library staff.
With Smith College’s project goal of achieving LEED v4 BD+C Gold certification and their commitment to eliminate use of toxic chemicals to meet Practice Green Health and Red List Free criteria, Arrowstreet’s furniture selections prioritize sustainable practices in their manufacture and materials. The majority of furniture, including the finishes and fabrics selected for each piece, contribute to the LEED Low Emitting Materials credit which aims to reduce the indoor air contaminants that can be odorous, irritating or harmful to the users of the space.
In addition, Arrowstreet, in conjunction with the college, focused on the principles of universal design to ensure the furniture package will provide equal and inclusive access to students, faculty and visitors of all physical and sensory capabilities.