Tennessee State Library and Archive

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project at a glance

Turner provided preconstruction and construction management services for the 253,600-square foot Tennessee State Library and Archives building, a repository for books and public/historic records. The five-story building includes three stories dedicated to the library and archives, one story of below-grade parking, and a single-story mechanical penthouse. The building has a concrete structure with an exterior composed of a mix of limestone and aluminum-composite panels with a granite base and plaza.

The building includes a grand reading room with seating for 100 individuals; a library for the blind and physically disabled; dedicated and rotating exhibit space; classroom and teaching spaces; and abundant meeting space. The facility also features a conservation laboratory for the treatment and restoration of books, photographs, and documents. Additional amenities include a vault for storing photographic negatives, an early literacy center for children with visual disabilities, and a recording lab for production.

One of the high-tech features of the facility is the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). The ASRS chamber is a climate-controlled room with stainless-steel ins and large shelving units for the safe storage of historic books and archival material. The ASRS chamber contains three robotic units used to retrieve archival documentation.

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