Millersville University McNairy Library and Learning Center

The Millersville University McNairy Library is the learner-centered hub for the university community. The Library's mission is to educate, inspire and connect people with ideas, information and each other. In order to plan for its future and the future of its students, the University renovated its nine-story library to better suit the needs for an effective learning environment.

Heery was chosen by the University to provide construction management services for the renovation of the 110, 000 SF existing library.  Heery performed two cost estimates to confirm the budget prior to the bid process. In addition, Heery reviewed the plans and specifications for constructability and cost savings.

The work involved replacing all building systems (MEP, IT, COM) with minor additions for unique functioning classrooms/areas. The special collections and archived materials are housed in areas of the building that are environmentally controlled for strict tolerances of both the temperature and humidity including high end vapor barriers to protect sensitive documents. The second lower level includes high density compact shelving along with a Starbucks cafe on first lower level. Construction started in December 2011 after the collections were removed and relocated to a temporary facility during the construction process. The project was successfully completed on time in March 2013 with the Heery team meeting all requirements and budget costs.

This project was completed simultaneously with the University’s Performing Arts Center new construction and addition, which was also managed by Heery. Key components of the McNairy Library renovation project include:

  • Replacement of MEP, IT, and COM systems
  • Additions for unique functioning areas
  • Environmentally controlled areas for special collections and archived materials
  • High density compact shelving


Construction Management


Millersville, PA


110,000 SF


CMAA Mid Atlantic Chapter Project Award, Higher Education projects under $20 Million 2014