Mater Ecclesiae is a private Roman Catholic College that was founded in Wakefield, Rhode Island 1991. In 1998, the institution relocated its campus to Greenville, RI on the site of the former St. Aloysius Orphanage. To meet the criteria for Accreditation, Mater Ecclesiae needed to build a new library that would house 50,000 volumes and provide students with computer access, reference section, and lending services.
NCA worked closely with administrators, faculty, and students to create a master plan and design a new library. The new 8,000 square-foot facility was strategically sited between the academic and residential buildings to connect the intellectual and social aspects of the campus. A new courtyard marks the entrance to the library. This outdoor space now serves as the heart of the campus and provides handicapped access to the building.
The building’s modern aesthetic takes cues from nearby buildings. The brick exterior is distinguished by cantilevered corners with butt glazed windows that face southeast. The interior is bathed in balanced diffused light that provides daylight harvesting and reduced electrical lighting loads during the day. The main floor comprises the reading area, reference area, offices, conference room, storage, and service areas. The lower level features a 44,000 volume climate controlled archive library.
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