Reynolds Corners Branch Library Renovation

Toledo, Ohio

The work at the Reynolds Corners Branch Library included a complete reorganization of the existing space within the shell of the existing library. An addition of a new main entry and the conversion of an interior open air court yard into enclosed usable space also was a part of this work which closed the facility for over 13 months. The sight lines from the circulation and reference desk were improved greatly through these renovation efforts the existing book shelving was rearranged to support this improved line if vision. Additional windows were cut in along the north side of the building facing the main street allowing an abundance of natural light into the space and increasing the view out. A complete fire suppression system was installed in the facility. The entire mechanical system was replaces along with upgrades to the electrical system.

The decision early on was to obtain LEED recognition by the United States Green Building Council. In December of this year the facility was awarded a Silver status making it the first public library in the State of Ohio to obtain this status. Other sustainable design features include the use of certified wood products, using materials with low VOC contents and the selection of finish materials both containing recycled contents and locally produced materials, ease of maintenance and life cycle costing. Reuse of existing materials and the diversion of building materials that would have traditionally gone to a landfill were recycled.

 

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