Washington Park LibraryMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Size: 20,000 Square Feet
Project Cost: $4 million
Completion Date: 2003
new construction : ground source heating and cooling
The replacement of a crumbling 50-year library inspired this catalytic project, rejuvenating the surrounding neighborhood and creating a community gathering place.
The design incorporates a number of energy efficient strategies, including a ground source heat pump system, which is estimated to reduce the annual utility bill $15,000 when compared to conventional systems— a savings estimated to be more than $300,000 over 20 years.
External sunshades and internal light shelves help control excessive light on the south exposure, while the interior spaces were carefully designed to provide an open, airy feeling yet the volume of the building itself was minimized to assist in energy efficiency. Other energy savers: heat recovery, radiant floor heating, daylighting control, and an integrated building management system.