Harper College David K. Hill Family Library Renovation
As one of the first buildings on the Harper College campus, the David K. Hill Family Library (AKA Building F – AKA “The Hill”) houses the Library, Academic Support Services, and the Academy for Teaching Excellence. It was renovated in 2016 with a focus on lean project delivery and sustainability.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the 107,000 SF David K. Hill Family Library renovation project. Since the Library is positioned in the center of campus, EEA focused on reconfiguring the front entrance to the Library to supplement the renovations proposed to the building, which included a redesigned façade to bring in more daylight and help display night-time activities.
The team also designed new sidewalks and stormwater drainage features, in addition to developing the geometrics/grading of a new outdoor seat wall/planter area at the northwest corner of the building. EEA’s scope of work included but was not limited to:
• Water main improvements & water main service
• Drainage improvements
• Site geometric control; location of buildings, pavements, and utilities
• Finished grading with spot elevations and contours
• Additional concrete/paving
• New sidewalks and pathways/walkways
• Stormwater management calculations and design
• Coordination with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
• Engineer’s Opinion of Probable Cost
• Landscape Architecture plans
• Coordination of site logistics with contractor
EEA also performed a study of the adjacent site to the west side of the Library. This study provided options for an outdoor learning space, seating, additional landscaping, and drainage to further integrate the Library as the center of campus quad life.
Harper College’s renewed David K. Hill Family Library, designed by Legat Architects and built by Pepper Construction, received a 2018 Project of Year Award from Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO). Renovations were designed to meet LEED Silver certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.
EEA civil engineers, traffic and parking, and landscape architect consultants have completed more than 50 campus projects since 2010. EEA continues to work on other on-campus projects.