Public Library Adopts Green Building Design

January 31, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

A public library in Longwood, a city in Seminole County, Florida, is going green as its officials hosted a community meeting to discuss what green building design the library will be adopting for its expansion. The Longwood Public Library needs to undergo some major renovations and adopt a green building design as an expansion for the city’s growing population and the environment.

Public Library Adopts Green Building Design

According to the public library’s director, Suzanne Johnson, the library of about 30,000 square feet is now quite small for Longwood’s growing population.

Johnson also noted that most libraries serving the same number of population have larger area— about double in size.

She also said that more space is needed especially for children’s storage and programs, noting that a number of computers have filled up several table counters in the library recently and the public wants their public library to evolve with time.

In December 2010, the Board of Trustees in the public library signed a contract with Sandpebble Builders, a Southampton-based project management firm to lead the expansion project’s green building design.

The actuall expansion of the library will need to have a green building design, which promotes sustainability and energy efficiency.

About 3 acres of land that is adjacent to the library was acquired by the board in January for about $400,000.

An architect, John Boecker spoke about the benefits of having a green building design in a community.

Two charrettes will be hosted, the first one is possible in May 2011, for the community members to share ideas and agreements for the expansion’s green building design.

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