The University of Aberdeen’s £57m ‘glow in the dark’ library building opened last month. Spanning 7 floors, with over 13km of shelves to house over half a million books, the library provides a learning environment of the highest quality that is light spacious and elegant. The facade of the building will shimmer in daylight and glow in the evening and has been heralded as a beacon of light for the city.
The new library buildings credentials have been rated as ‘excellent’ under BREEAM and the building has been recognised for maximising energy efficiency and providing the highest standards of sustainability, material choices and safety and security.
Boston Networks worked with the University’s Architect and Electrical contractor to supply and install a structured cabling infrastructure, to meet the detailed design requirements of the impressive building.
As part of the extensive project, the Boston team installed the Category 6 structured cabling from the existing under floor consolidation boxes, routing them efficiently to precisely match the library’s newly installed desk modules; thus creating over 1000 usable workstations. The students can now access the University’s extensive library archives, networks, media databases and the internet directly from all of the aforementioned workstations.
Boston Networks also worked with the University to design and commission a state of the art IP Network Video Surveillance system which has been seamlessly integrated with the University’s existing system and deployed throughout the new library building. Encompassing over 45 IP cameras, all of which are run over the University’s network, the system is centrally managed by intelligent video management software, allowing the university to simply retrieve, review and export video footage.