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Alameda library gets the LEED out

Submitted by on 1, July 21, 2009 – 5:50 amOne Comment

6The 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.

One Comment »

  • Jon Spangler says:

    Hooray for our library, for our City Council, and for all the folks who worked tirelessly for decades to
    get this wonderful new building approved by Alameda’s voters.

    Some of them are gone now, but this green and vital institution is a living testament to everyone whose dedication
    to community values made the new library possible. We are in your debt.

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