Completed in 2014, this new 5,000 sf Branch Library replaces a small facility within an adjacent elementary school. While level, the site is low-lying with portions below the nearby Ohio River’s 100 year flood plain. The building is sited on a slight terrace above the flood plain and is oriented toward south-west views of the adjacent golf course and mature trees. A folded roof overhang shades the glass wall and terrace below. High performance glass further reduces glare, heat gain and protects printed material from damaging sun rays.
Sustainable design features include capturing all stormwater runoff and directing it to landscaped retention areas, or “rain gardens”, where stormwater is naturally absorbed and cleaned. Low or no VOC producing interior finishes and furnishings were specified and recycled-content materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures, high-efficiency mechanical equipment, daylighting and efficient lighting fixtures are also incorporated. A community meeting/multi-purpose room is located with its own entrance so that other Library areas can be secured, facilitating evening uses when the Library may be closed.
“I appreciate Edward Tucker Architects because he and his staff listen to their clients and take into consideration the needs and wants of the client. He follows up every conference with a written document of what was discussed and decided so that we have no misunderstandings of what is taking place. The space designed has been most satisfactory, not only attractive but very user friendly.”
–Judy Rule, Director, Cabell County Public Libraries