The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP): Forrestal Shelving Facility

The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP): Forrestal Shelving Facility

ReCAP

Size: 181,2100 s.f. (2000-present)

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

ReCAP (The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium) initially a consortium of Columbia University, the New York Public Library, and Princeton University,  proceeded to develop, own, occupy, and operate a state-of-the-art library facility on a site in Princeton Forrestal Center in Princeton, NJ. Harvard University joined ReCAP in 2017. The modular design accommodates a proprietary shelving and storage system which has been successfully utilized in several other comparable facilities.

Modules I-III were completed in October 2001 and Module IV in 2004. Module V opened in March 2008 which included installation of 0.37 kw solar on the roofs of Modules I-V. Modules VIII and IX increased capacity by 40 percent and began operating in fall 2013. Work was recently completed that added an additional 14,000 shelves in Module IX, increasing the capacity by 2 million volumes to 21 million. A major maintenance project to update HVAC systems & controls was undertaken in 2019. Design and construction of Module X is planned to begin in 2021.

ReCAP is the largest collection of library materials under one roof in the world.

Project manager for the consortium since 2000, Aegis also provides ongoing facility management and project management advice and counsel to the ReCAP Board of Governors.