Alameda library gets the LEED out
The Alameda Free Library’s got something to celebrate: The new main library is the first LEED-certified public building in town. And they’ll be unveiling a plaque to commemorate it at 4:30 p.m. today.
The 47,500-square-foot library attained the U.S. Green Building Council’s silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design award by incorporating water and energy efficiencies, using recycled materials and having a sustainable site. Only 13 percent of the buildings submitted for the award get it.
The council just okayed the use of federal stimulus money for the installation of a 66-kilowatt solarvoltaic system (read: solar panels) on the library roof.
The library, which is at 1550 Oak Street, was designed by Thomas Hacker Architects of Portland, Ore. It opened in November 2006.
For more information on the certification and unveiling, call the library at 747-7713.