Harnessing Natural and Digital Resources

Peninsula College Library Media Center

Port Angeles, WA

Gateway Building for an Evolving Campus

The library is organized around a spacious reading room with a commanding view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, creating a magnet for students, faculty and community members. The design advances technical capabilities while harmonizing with the college’s original, 1960s wood-framed structures.

Sustainable Strategies for Health and Comfort

The building supports occupant health and comfort by harnessing natural resources of the Olympic Peninsula, where energy sources are limited and overcast days are common. A geothermal heat system and underfloor air distribution plenum maximize energy efficiency, indoor air quality and acoustic performance. Balanced, glare-free daylighting provides comfortable reading conditions with minimal electrical lighting, even in cloudy conditions.

Strengthening Campus Connections

The Library Media Center and Faculty Administration Building frame a new gateway to campus and central courtyard for formal events and passing conversations. Rainwater from the roofs and paved surfaces is diverted to cascading rain gardens and bio-swales that incorporate Northwest natives and address groundwater pollution.

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