University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth | Claire T. Carney Library

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts


This was a multiphase project that greatly enhances the user experience of the building. The library is bright and spacious with a variety of different spaces to accommodate the learning styles of different people. It is the center of campus learning, discourse and scholarship.

The project, a complete renovation and addition to the University’s original 1972 Paul Rudolph cast-in-place concrete 5-story library structure, posed design and construction coordination challenges in two unique areas. The design team required close coordination between the multiple firms involved with the project. In addition, the building itself, with large and deep cast-in-place concrete beams and penetration-sensitive structurally reinforced floor slabs, was not immediately conducive to energy efficient, quiet and low maintenance mechanical system designs.


designLAB Architects


2013 BSA Design Award


designLAB architects for Claire T. Carney Library

Photo Credit: Jonathan Hillyer Photography, Inc.

Client Quote

“The Claire T. Carney Library was built within an original Paul Rudolph Building constructed during the cast-in-place concrete Brutalist Architecture era of the 1960’s and 70’s. In order to maintain the original architectural character of the space, horizontal ducts were concealed within existing concrete structural ‘beam pockets.’ Additionally, vertical chases were strategically inserted within existing closets that were stacked 6-stories tall. F&T’s project team was instrumental during the design and construction successfully inserting 21st century MEP/FP systems into a very complex and unforgiving architectural tour de force.”

-Ben Youtz, AIA LEED, designLAB architects

“F&T was a vital team participant that helped design and develop a complex MEP system for the renovation of the Claire T. Carney Library. Sprinklers were a last minute addition to the project and F&T helped provide a solution that was both cost effective and seamless to the Paul Rudolph designed building.”

– Peter Geldmacher, Construction Project Manager, UMass Dartmouth

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