The lighting strategy provides a model of energy efficiency, thanks to strategic sunlight harvesting, sun control, occupancy sensors, and other features that helped propel the library to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design LEED Gold Certification.
HLB worked with the design team to optimize the angle of the fins, the size of the perforations and reflected light. The interior lighting is closely integrated with the structural system and the window orientation. This allows the electric lights to dim in response to the natural light, creating a comfortable and realistic environment. We specified and commissioned all lighting controls, including the daylight harvesting system. The ground floor entry vestibule is separated from the adjacent reading room by a transparent bookcase, displaying the latest in books and media in an enticing manner to rival retail booksellers.
Source: Library Journal
Architect: The Freelon Group
Size: 21,472 square feet
Cost: $10.2 million
Honors to Date: Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) – Award of Merit, Architectural Lighting Design Magazine (AL) – Award of Commendable Achievement