Brooks Library - Norfolk State University

Norfolk, VA, USA 2012


The new Brooks Library at Norfolk State University is designed as a student-focused facility that serves as the new heart of the campus. The building is positioned to create two new quadrangles to the east and west. The 132,000 sf (12,263 sm) building includes a three-story lobby rotunda, the circulation desk, 24/7 Internet café, staff offices, as well as other functional spaces. The library’s interior is designed as a lively, activated and inviting space that accommodates the university’s growing population. The building achieved LEED Gold certification. John Portman & Associates served as the design architect in association with Moseley Architects.

Prior to serving as the design architects for the new library, Portman developed a comprehensive master plan for the 134-acre (54-hectare) campus in an urban setting. The master plan addressed the physical growth necessary to accommodate a population of 8,000 students, providing 2,830 beds and 5,200 parking spaces. It also provided for a physical transformation from a “commuter” to a “residential” campus.

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Museum of African-American History
Staff Offices
24/7 Internet Café

Status:  Built
Gross Building Area:  132,000 sf (12,263 sm)
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