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October 07, 2007

Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation Opens in Culpeper, Virginia

San Francisco, CA -- The Library of Congress has opened the doors to its newest facility, the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.

As consulting design architect BAR Architects worked closely with Architect of Record, Smith Group to design and implement the 3-building campus.

Set on 45-acres, the 415,000-square-foot Packard Campus gives new life to an immense bunker once used by the Federal Reserve to house currency while doing double duty as a potential hideaway for government officials in case of nuclear attack. Primarily underground, the project involved the adaptive reuse and expansion of the existing underground federal bank facility, converting it to a climate controlled collections building. Great care was taken to minimize the visual impact on the landscape incorporating sod roofs to blend into the existing contour lines and only the conservation laboratory building appears from the hill in a semi-circular terraced arcade.

Featured in Architectural Record, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Wired Magazine, the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation will house the nation's audio visual archives.