The James B. Hunt Jr. Library is the figurative and functional heart of North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, a 1300-acre, sustainability-focused community advancing innovative collaboration between business, research, and education. Transforming the higher education library paradigm, the Hunt Library maximizes flexible learning and collaboration spaces by concentrating its two million volumes in a three-story, high-density, robotically-accessed shelving system, maintained within precise curatorial climate conditions.
The iconic structure benefits from such energy-efficient engineered systems and technologies as radiant heating and cooling, and active chilled beams. Sophisticated daylighting techniques and light harvesting technologies are elements of the architectural lighting strategy designed and implemented by AEI's Pivotal Lighting Design group. Pivotal's work articulating the architectural composition and accentuating distinctive design elements was praised by NC State Director of Libraries, Susan Nutter:
"From the first day I saw the two stripes of light on the back of the level one yellow stairs, I was enchanted. Now that I have seen the entire building I am awestruck by your work. The building looks magical day and night, and the students are over the moon... I am forever grateful to you."