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Weber County Library Headquarters Branch in Roy, Utah, Presented with IDEAS2 Award

During ceremonies yesterday with the project team at the Weber County Library Headquarters Branch in Roy, Utah, McKay Parrish of ARW Engineers, Ogden (center left) holds AISC’s 2017 IDEAS2 Award for excellence in steel-frame building design. (Photos: AISC) 

AISC presented members of the project team of the Weber County Library Headquarters Branch in Roy, Utah, with the 2017 IDEAS2 Award for excellence in steel-frame building design during ceremonies held at the library yesterday.

The nearly 75,000-sq.-ft facility was built to serve as the new library headquarters for the county. The building incorporates a 143-ft “light bar” that begins in the main entrance and continues east through the building. It consists of a raised section of roof, designed with a Vierendeel truss system, which cantilevers beyond the east face of the building. The truss structure was infused with glass panels to provide natural light throughout the art gallery and east lobby. One of the library’s central features is a sculptural stair, designed with a folded steel plate tread that extends beyond the centrally placed stringers and overlooks the reading room with a two-story glass wall.

“This building is a symphony of steel that holds its own with the works of art it houses,” said Charlie Carter, AISC’s president. “What a remarkable composition it makes for the people who will enjoy reading there. It feels like the perfect place, familiar for the paper book devotee and yet equally inviting for the e-reading or audiophilic bibliophile.”

For more about the project and all of this year’s IDEAS2 award winners, see the article 2017 IDEAS2 Awards from our May issue.


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