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05/01/2010 |

Comparative Building Costs: Public Library Buildings

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Public Library #1
This 14,000-square-foot, 1-story library is located next to an ox-bow pond, into which a "flying gutter" feature transports approximately 30 percent of roof rainwater, creating a waterfall effect. Clerestories protected by overhangs provide southern light to the reading area. The building is equipped with a fire protection system.

Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced slab on grade

Exterior: Glazed curtainwall, jumbo brick, details of cypress wood

Interior: Drywall on metal studs, tile and carpet flooring

Roofing: Standing seam

Public Library #2
Designed as a LEED-certified building, this 1-story library has 16,542 square feet. Sustainable design features include natural daylighting, a geothermal well, and displacement ventilation. The landscaping plan reduces the irrigation area and uses drought-tolerant plantings and a high-efficiency irrigation system.

Foundation: Cast-in-place concrete

Exterior: Concrete block, transparent wall panels, glazed aluminum curtainwall

Interior: Concrete block and drywall, tile and carpet flooring

Roofing: Asphalt shingles


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