James B. Hunt Jr. Library

North Carolina State University

"I am awestruck by your work."

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."

253,028 sf
Raleigh, NC
Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
LEED® status:
LEED Silver
  • IESNA Illumination Award of Merit for Interior Lighting Design
  • IESNA Illumination Award of Merit for Exterior Lighting Design
  • Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance
    -City of Raleigh
  • 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL)
    -Stanford University Libraries
  • 2013 Economic Development Award
    -Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women Organization
  • 2013 AIA / ALA Library Building Award
    -AIA and American Library Association
  • 2013 Environmental Award - Non-Residential Green Design
    -City of Raleigh
  • 2013 Southeast's Best Projects - Higher Education Category
    -Engineering News-Record
  • 2012 Exellence in Construction - Merit Award
    -Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
  • 2013 Schools $50 Million + Award
    -Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.