University Library and Knowledge Center: A rising structural icon

A new structure that shall serve as the nerve center of the campus is about to redefine UPLB’s landscape.

The University Library and Knowledge Center (ULKC), which had its groundbreaking on Sept. 4, bears an ultramodern design fit for 21st century learning. Once completed, it shall serve as the heart of both student learning and university administration in the campus.

It is because ULKC will house major learning and teaching support units – the University Library, the Interactive Learning Center, and the Information Technology Center – and the executive offices – the Office of the Chancellor and the Offices of the Vice Chancellors.

“The construction of the ULKC is part of our ongoing efforts to ardently upgrade UPLB’s facilities, and to provide an enabling and inspiring environment for the UPLB community,” said Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion approved ULKC’s location beside the Graduate School complex, on what used to be the ACCI Residence Hall along the campus dormitories, and noted that the area is strategic in showcasing the library, as in other top universities abroad.

Sa lahat ng unibersidad na dinalaw namin sa ibang bansa, ang pinakamaganda po nilang gusali ay ang kanilang library. At ang kanilang library ang kanilang pinakatampok na gusali sa kanilang campus. ‘Yung library ay nasa gitna ng campus kung saan ito ay madaling puntahan ng mga gagamit nito,” he said.

(“In all the universities that we have visited abroad, their most beautiful building is always their library. Their library is the most prominent structure in their campus. It stands at the center where it is easily accessible to its users.”)

Pagka po natapos na ‘yung building, ito po ay makikita sa mas malayo at mas malawak na bahagi ng ating campus. Ito po ay magiging tampok dahil ito po ay mataas at maski nandun po kayo sa malayo ay makikita ninyo itong building na ito. Hindi po natin ito dapat itayo sa isang sulok ng campus,” President Concepcion explained.

(“Once the building is finished, it will be seen far and wide in the campus. The library should not be in a corner of the campus.”)

At the groundbreaking ceremony, President Concepcion expressed his commitment to finish the construction of the ULKC.  He said that the Department of Public Highways, represented at the groundbreaking rites by Ana Mae Lamentillo who chairs DPWH’s “Build, Build, Build program,” is committed to the same.

“Committed po ang ating pamamahala para tapusin ang pasilidad na ito, at nagbigay din po sa atin ng commitment si Sec. Mark Villar na hangga’t siya ay naka-upo ay tutulong siya hangga’t makakaya niya hanggang ang gusaling ito ay matapos,” said President Conception.

The Phase 1 of ULKC, designed by Arce-Bailon-Arce Architects and is being constructed by DevEx Inc., is expected to be completed in two years. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)

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