• Church History Library
  • Lobby of Church History Library
  • Church History Library
  • Church History Library
  • Office in Church History Library
  • Conference Room in Church History Library
  • Lobby of Church History Library
  • Mechanical Room in Church History Library
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Since its founding, the LDS Church has been committed to preserving its historical record. To safeguard its vast and growing archive of more than five million documents, photographs, and other artifacts, the Church decided to build a facility to be both secure and sustainable. The result is the 230,000 SF Church History Library, a model of archival technology and sustainable design. The RMH Group provided mechanical/electrical engineering and LEED consulting to complete the Church’s vision. Because extremes in temperature and humidity can quickly accelerate deterioration of materials, RMH Group designed a tightly controlled system to regulate environmental conditions and achieve a high level of air purity. The library includes archival storage rooms maintained at constant temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity control to ± 3%. Lighting systems were designed with UV filtering and controls to limit both lighting levels and the time archived materials are exposed to light. As the project’s LEED consultant, RMH Group advised all project team members on methods to improve energy efficiency—from materials selection and systems design to water use considerations and development of transit options. Sustainable design features include daylight harvesting with photosensors, high-efficiency lighting, and carbon dioxide monitoring to regulate airflow and improve air quality. With these and other measures, the Church History Library is expected to achieve energy savings of 35%. Implementation of ultra-low-flow water fixtures and other low-water-use strategies are expected to reduce water consumption by 20%.
 

Church History Library

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake City, Utah

Since its founding, the LDS Church has been committed to preserving its historical record. To safeguard its vast and growing archive of more than five million documents, photographs, and other artifacts, the Church decided to build a facility to be both secure and sustainable. The result is the 230,000 SF Church History Library, a model of archival technology and sustainable design. The RMH Group provided mechanical/electrical engineering and LEED consulting to complete the Church’s vision.

Because extremes in temperature and humidity can quickly accelerate deterioration of materials, RMH Group designed a tightly controlled system to regulate environmental conditions and achieve a high level of air purity. The library includes archival storage rooms maintained at constant temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity control to ± 3%. Lighting systems were designed with UV filtering and controls to limit both lighting levels and the time archived materials are exposed to light.

As the project’s LEED consultant, RMH Group advised all project team members on methods to improve energy efficiency—from materials selection and systems design to water use considerations and development of transit options. Sustainable design features include daylight harvesting with photosensors, high-efficiency lighting, and carbon dioxide monitoring to regulate airflow and improve air quality. With these and other measures, the Church History Library is expected to achieve energy savings of 35%. Implementation of ultra-low-flow water fixtures and other low-water-use strategies are expected to reduce water consumption by 20%.

Certifications

Certified LEED-NC Silver

Awards

American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado, Engineering Excellence Awards, Honor Award, 2010