The Ames Library Construction Facts

Architects:
Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Boston, Massachusetts

Contracting/ Construction Management:
Feimley-Dickerson Company, Bloomington, Illinois

Engineers:
Mechanical and Electrical – BBA Engineers, Bloomington, Illinois
Civil – Farnsworth & Wylie, Bloomington, Illinois
Structural – Lim Consultants, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Landscape – Brown/Sardina, Boston, Massachusetts

Construction Details:
Groundbreaking, November 6, 1999
Construction begun, February 2000
Excavation, March 2000
Masonry completed, October 1, 2001
Dedication, October 6, 2001
Official opening, January 9, 2002
Cost, $26 million
Total Hours, 168,480 hours (representing 54 workers)
Building Length, 190 feet
Building Width, 114 feet
Building Height, 94 feet to the roofline, 100 feet 8 inches to the top of the Rotunda
Volume, 2.2 million cubic feet
Square Footage, 103,000 square feet

Building Materials:
Exterior – Brick, trimmed with Indiana limestone
Rotunda – Honduras mahogany wood, thermal cut granite, polymix paint,cold cathode lighting and                     carpet
Main Flooring – Carpet, total amount 9000 SY (81,000 SF)
4th Floor Rotunda Flooring – Cork
All Other Flooring – Granite, total weight 54 Tons (108,000 Ibs)
Total Concrete Used – 13.8 million pounds
Structural Steel – 860 tons
Rebar Steel – 206 tons
Brick – 445,000 bricks (2.22 million lbs.)
Glass Windows – 11,816 square feet (approx. 73,850 lbs.)
Electrical Wire – 75.75 miles
Plumbing Pipe – 24.62 miles
Paint – 1,482 gallons
Roof Garden – 570 payers (110 lbs each)
Ames Plaza – 20,700 payers

Landscape, Total Number of:
Shrubs 800
Grasses 5435
Trees 160
Plants 1138

Stained Class Panels 4th Floor Rotunda:
8 sets, 16 total, weighing 35 pounds apiece. A gift from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, the windows are originally from Pembroke College, Oxford. Restored by Terry Garbe & staff at “A Touch of Glass” Normal, Illinois. See the Pembroke Brochure for more information.