Built at a cost of $13 million, Ernest S. Bird library was a visionary project directed by Russ King. Prior to construction, he and others toured campuses across the country in an effort to find something that would distinguish the new library. 298,000 square feet of cast-in-place concrete gives the building what King has called “a brutal style.” It was the culmination of an incredibly long and fruitful relationship between Chancellor William Tolley and King and King. As the campus has expanded, Bird has become the heart of the S.U. campus geographically.