Baton Rouge Architecture, LEED Library
For Immediate Release:
CONTACT: Tipton Associates
The Design for the Main Library, Focuses on LEED accreditation
Baton Rouge, LA, USA – April 24, 2010 – The Library Design Collaborative, a Joint Venture comprised of Baton Rouge Architects; Cockfield Jackson, Tipton Associates and PSA Dewberry, has met recently to evaluate the progress of the new Main Library at Independence Park. the team is eager to break ground on the project, which has been underway for almost half a decade. The $43.5 million dollar project has been through many design iterations and has had a high community involvement. The new three story library will act as a centerpiece for the park, allowing for an intimate relation to nature and connection to the site. The existing building will be demolished and serve as a parking lot, from which patrons will enter the proposed 100,000-square-foot library through a partially covered pedestrian quad called Thought Square, which will also provide access to an adjacent cyber cafe and botanic gardens on the north side of the park.
Currently the Library Design Collaborative is focused on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) details of the project, which they attribute to the delay of construction. Well worth the wait, the accreditation will ensure the thoughtful design that will produce an efficient and beautiful library that will serve as the hub for the East Baton Rouge public library system. Below are some of the LEED accreditation points at hand.
• Improving the quality and reducing the quantity of storm water runoff.
• Reducing the heat-island effect of the roof surfaces and paved areas.
• Controlling light pollution from site and building lighting sources.
• Using water-efficient landscaping through the installation of indigenous plant species.
• Reducing potable water usage in the building and landscape irrigation systems.
• Selecting HVAC system refrigerants that reduce ozone depletion and global warming.
• Optimizing the energy performance and reducing the energy usage of the building through the strategic use of wall and roof insulation, selection of glazing systems and sunscreens, and appropriate building solar orientation.
• Collecting and disposing of recyclable consumer products.
• Diverting construction waste from landfills.
• Selecting building products that contain recycled material.
• Selecting building products that can be obtained regionally.
• Indoor air quality management during construction and before occupancy.
• Using low VOC-emitting materials, such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and carpeting.
• Controlling indoor chemical and pollutant sources.
• Individual control of lighting and thermal comfort.
• Providing daylighting and views for all occupants of the building
SOURCE: Cockfield Jackson Architects