The KU Library Annex is a high-density storage facility located on the west campus at the University of Kansas. The project consists of 7,000 square feet of a low bay receiving and processing area, and a 9,000 square foot high bay storage module which houses approximately 1.6 million volumes.
The building walls are precast concrete with sandblasting and brick accents. The floor of the storage module is a heavily-reinforced structural slab with a “super-flat” finish sitting on over 90 drilled piers. The flat slab is required to allow for safe retrieval from the 37-foot high storage racks. The storage module is conditioned at a constant 50° with 30% humidity to provide an ideal archival storage environment.