NC State University James B. Hunt Library

In the new 218,000 SF Hunt Library, NC State seeks nothing less than to create the best learning and collaborative space in the country. The signature, iconic building is being designed to promote interaction and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. The Library Orientation area features the Immersion Theatre with a 7’ x 18’ curved videowall. In the mezzanine, a 10’ x 8’ “microtile” stair wall displays student art, and doubles as a giant video wall during basketball season. In the Gallery, infrastructure is in place to support interactive exhibits.

Hunt Library was recognized by Time Magazine as “the library of the future.”

Teaching and visualization studios provide spaces for users to come together within and across different departments to visualize complex data and unique problems. They include moveable seating, multiple projection, and AccessGridTM-type capability for engaging remote participants and incorporating multiple data sources. The learning commons includes environments where students and faculty can experiment with new technologies hands-on. Flexible furnishings and robust infrastructure accommodates tangible interface work surfaces, high resolution monitors, plus yet-to-be-developed technologies. The digital media production lab provides facilities for full-featured video and audio production, capture, and recording. Digital tools and environments include “green screens” for high-level media production.

The gaming area supports student leisure activities with sophisticated multi-configurable 64-panel wall-size “microtile” display for group gaming, plus a series of flat panel displays, wireless headphones and individual gaming stations including Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and others. Collaborative learning studios include collaborative clusters and workstations as well as enclosed spaces for group study, practicing presentations, and gaming. Studios are configured to enable small sub-group work within the context of a larger class. Additional systems and spaces include web-based monitoring of the 2-million volume Automated Retrieval System, plus a 100 seat lecture/event space and a high-definition telepresence/videoconference room, both with enhanced dual projection enabling two-way remote participation for high-level conferencing, scientific presentations, workshops and collaboration.

Photos: North Carolina State University


Raleigh, NC


Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering; Snohetta


Key Facts


Outstanding Use of Video and Audio Technologies, People’s Choice Awards, InfoComm International, 2013