San Mateo, CA Main Library Wins Awards

The new San Mateo, CA Main Library has been the recipient of five recent architectural awards for its innovative design and green building features. 

ARTICLE | Jul 4, 2007

The new San Mateo, CA Main Library has been the recipient of five recent architectural awards for its innovative design and green building features. 

The 90,000 square foot library was designed by Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis (EHDD) Architects of San Francisco, and is highlighted by a series of open and interconnected multi-story spaces that bring daylight to all floors and allow air to ventilate out through clerestory windows at the top of the building. 

New and innovative technologies are utilized, including underfloor air distribution, an automated book sorting system, self check out stations and wireless technology. Sustainable harvested woods and low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials such as adhesives, carpets and paint were used throughout the building, which is expected to earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver or gold rating later this year.  

The San Mateo Main Library received Awards of Merit in both the Civic and Green Building categories from McGraw Hill in its “Best of California 2006” competition, selected by prestigious professionals in the construction industry.  Judges described the library as “a great example of green building at its finest”.  

The building’s energy saving features also earned the library the Sustainable San Mateo County 2007 Green Building Award.  Sponsored by Sustainable San Mateo County, the County of San Mateo and the San Mateo County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the award recognizes outstanding construction projects designed and built in accordance with principles of sustainable resource use and environmental sensitivity.  The library also earned a Savings By Design incentive award from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Savings By Design is a statewide program for commercial, industrial and agricultural PG&E customers that encourages energy-efficient building design and construction.

Most recently, the San Francisco Business Times awarded the new San Mateo Main Library with the “Best Community Impact Building Award of 2006”. 

“Sustainability is an important value to the San Mateo community” said Ben Ocón, City Librarian, “The awards culminate a truly gratifying civic facility project where a public library is truly aligned with responsible stewardship of the environment. It is quite an honor that the new San Mateo Main Library has been recognized with these prestigious awards as an energy efficient building and will position the Library to help increase community awareness of environmentally responsible architecture"  

For more information, contact Ben Ocón, City Librarian, at 650-522-7808 or bocon@cityofsanmateo.org

 

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