El Paso Public Library Expansion
Submitted by Thomas Ahleman on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 11:45.
El Paso, Illinois is home to 2,500 friendly people and a beautiful, 1906 public library built with funds from Andrew Carnegie. The library is situated in a picturesque park in the center of town. We worked closely with the library's board and librarian to establish exactly which spaces needed to grow and by how much. This building program became the basis of a number of design studies exploring how the library might grow while providing universal accessibility and maintaining the building's character. Our design proposals emphasize the library's role as a community center for people of all ages. Because of the town's tight budget, our approach to the building's energy performance is concentrated on passive heating, natural day lighting and effective insulation.
|Feature 1||Daylight Harvesting||Well placed windows combined with light sensors and dimmers reduce the need for artificial lighting and drive down energy costs.|
|Feature 2||Performance Insulation||Using locally available materials and products reduces fuel consumption and is good for the local economy.|