The John C. Hitt Library at the University of Central Florida’s main campus is being expanded to accommodate the exponential student growth and to further incorporate 21st Century library standards. Phase 1 of the multiphase project consisted of a four-story Automated Retrieval Center(ARC) building, where robots are used to store, organize, and retrieve books. The ARC provides students with easier and faster access to more than 1.25 million printed materials. Phase 1A, currently under construction, involves a four-story connector building that links the library to the ARC. The connector building consists of study spaces, a multipurpose room, classrooms and three new elevators as well as providing a new main entrance to the library.
The ARC is conditioned by a single floor mounted chilled water air rotation type unit providing ample air circulation via vertical duct distribution to the top of the space, suitable for the large open building spaces. TLC designed a buildout of the ARC’s fourth level shell space to a reading room, along with a new electrical distribution and fire alarm system to serve the space. A single zone custom chilled water variable air volume air handling unit serves the reading room. TLC designed a permanent standby generator for all phases of the library renovation and a separate generator, located on the roof of the ARC, for backup power to the distributed antenna system equipment, as well as a generator pad and tie-down.