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Mansueto Library, University of Chicago

Housed beneath a 120 foot by 240 foot clear span dome, the subterranean addition to the University of Chicago's Regenstein library features an automated storage and retrieval shelving system for over 3.5 million volumes of print, as well as a reading room and preservation facilities. 

Mansueto Library

Its elliptical plan extrudes 60 feet below grade to create a single, underground volume of nearly 1,000,000 cubic feet. Given the structure's adjacency to the existing library and other campus buildings, the tie-backed slurry wall system by WSP USA, formerly Halvorson and Partners, had to be carefully coordinated and designed to consider mutual effects on and by adjacent structures. WSP USA also designed and detailed the interface of these walls with the complex dome roof structure (which itself is to be designed by a specialty sub-contractor and engineer) and up to 80 feet clear span interior floor framing.