The UW Libraries Offsite Shelving + UW Information School [iSchool] Retrofit project addresses long-standing space challenges experienced by both departments and enhances the iSchool’s on-campus collaboration, student engagement, and research related to librarianship.

The complexity of the project and its many stakeholders warrants a design-build delivery approach. GLY + SHKS Architects are leveraging the collaborative nature of this delivery method to accommodate the needs of two user groups and a single budget. Given all the moving parts, the project is broken down into phases:

Phase 1: 32,000 square foot interior tenant improvement of an offsite historical building to create climate-controlled book storage for UW Libraries' collections. Includes a custom air handler unit and new static and mobile shelving.

Phase 2A: Relocate over 600,000 books from Allen Library South and the Tateuchi East Library auxiliary storage to the new offsite storage.

Phase 2B: Retrofit 16,000 square feet of vacated space within the Allen Library South 1st floor for iSchool programs with connections to UW Libraries [e.g. digital and open scholarship, knowledge systems, and data science]. The new space will include offices, collaboration and team building areas, and a kitchenette.

Construction takes place in occupied environments, requiring consistent communication with the UW and neighboring tenants and willingness to modify daily activities to minimize disruption.

Renderings courtesy of SHKS Architects.


University of Washington


SHKS Architects


48,000 SF


May 2023

UW iSchool Lab Rendering
UW iSchool Lab Rendering