Cost $7.9 million
Size 20,000 SF Addition
Building Project Summary:
R.E. Dimond and Associates provided design services for the mechanical, electrical, solar photo-voltaic (PV), plumbing and fire suppression systems for the Eagle Branch Public Library. The library is one of Indianapolis Public Library’s newest stand-alone facilities. The new 20,000 SF building replaces a much smaller location which had served the public since 1970.
The new Eagle Branch Public Library is located on 3.66 acres on Indianapolis’ West Side demographical area and provides improved visibility for the library while offering group study rooms, a 100-seat community meeting room, a computer lab, and more spaces for children and teen programs. The facility is fully ADA accessible and has easy access to public transportation.
The Indianapolis Public Library challenged the design team to meet a goal of LEEDv4 Silver Certification in energy and resource conservation and design a sustainable system with a limited budget.
The challenges in meeting the requirements for LEED certification were accomplished by utilizing variable-air-volume (VAV) air terminal units with hot water heating coils coupled with a direct expansion (DX) air-handling unit (AHU). The mechanical system includes a heating water plant comprised of high efficiency condensing boilers. A perimeter heating system provides the Owner with a high level of temperature control while ensuring comfort to patrons in rooms with large expanses of glass.
Lighting of the library features LED lighting throughout the building’s interior and exterior site. Full-length windows offer natural lighting along with interior lighting design to provide optimum lighting throughout the facility. Plumbing design incorporated the use of low flow water fixtures, resulting in a 28% reduction in water consumption annually compared to those of standard flow fixtures.
A 66.2kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system provides approximately 75% of the branch’s electricity needs.
Originally in pursuit of LEED Silver certification, the Eagle Branch Library has implemented energy efficient equipment that is anticipated to save the Library over $10,000 per year in operating costs resulting in a LEEDv4 Gold Certification.