Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons

Salisbury University • Salisbury, Maryland

A New Campus Landmark for a Growing University

Continuing the firm’s long history with Salisbury University, Mueller Associates was part of the design-build team for the development of a new four-story academic commons, event hall, and library. The 221,000-square-foot building is the largest building on campus, accommodating the library, student academic services, a faculty center, and a graduate commons, as well as the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. The 20,000-square-foot Nabb Research Center houses resources such as artifacts, maps, documents, and survey records that date to early explorers and the Colonial era. The building’s central location and iconic carillon tower signal its importance as a new campus landmark.

The LEED®-Gold building includes climate-controlled spaces for special collections, as well as a 62-foot-high atrium with skylights, 12 classrooms, 15 reading and group study rooms, offices, a café, a 40-person board room, and an assembly hall for 400 people that features digital audio networking, intelligent lighting, and banks of theatrical lights.  Sustainable highlights include a high-performance variable air volume system with energy recovery wheels; an air-cooled heat recovery chiller for winter cooling loads, summer reheat requirements, and summer cooling loads for archival storage spaces; condensing boilers; high-efficiency variable speed chillers; controlled ventilation; and optimized control strategies. A dedicated desiccant dehumidification system serves the Nabb Research Center archival and conservation spaces.

Design-Build Team

Gilbane Building Company, Ayers Saint Gross, and Sasaki Associates

LEED Facts

Level: Gold
Type: LEED for New Construction
Status: Registered
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LEED® Facts

Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons

Salisbury University • Salisbury, MD
LEED for New Construction
Registered

  • Category: 
    GOLD
    Rating: 
    63*
  • Category: 
    Sustainable Site
    Rating: 
    24 / 26
  • Category: 
    Water Efficiency
    Rating: 
    4 / 10
  • Category: 
    Energy & Atmosphere
    Rating: 
    13 / 35
  • Category: 
    Materials & Resources
    Rating: 
    3 / 14
  • Category: 
    Indoor Environmental Quality
    Rating: 
    10 / 15
  • Category: 
    Innovation & Design
    Rating: 
    6 / 6
  • Category: 
    Regional Priority Credits
    Rating: 
    3 / 4

Client History

2016: Academic Commons; Ayers Saint Gross/Sasaki Associates
2014: Master Plan; Ayers Saint Gross
2013: Holloway Hall Renovation; Design Collective
2011: Perdue School of Business; RCG Architects with Perkins + Will
2011: Nanticoke Hall Renovation; Marshall Craft Associates
2008: Teacher Education and Technology Complex; Ayers Saint Gross
2008: Electrical Distribution System
2002: Henson Hall; Cho Benn Holback + Associates with Mitchell/Giurgola Architects

“An Innovative New Library”

College Planning & Management

“A New Home for the Nabb Research Center”

Papyrus Magazine

  • The library was intentionally placed in the heart of the main campus because we see it becoming the epicenter of learning...It is a wonderful library—and far more.

    Janet Dudley-Eshbach
    President, Salisbury University
  • The library was intentionally placed in the heart of the main campus because we see it becoming the epicenter of learning...It is a wonderful library—and far more.

    Janet Dudley-Eshbach
    President, Salisbury University