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This is a great opportunity to check out the almost finished (and not yet open to the public) technology-rich 200,000 SF New Central Library, including rooftop, butterfly garden, Grand Reading Room, Innovation Center (make space commons with 3D printer and laser cutters), whimsical Children’s Library, avant-garde Teen Center, Art Gallery for local as well as national exhibits, 350-seat Special Event Forum, Cooking Demonstration Area, Outdoor Amphitheater, high-tech public meeting spaces of varying sizes and configurations, Reading Porches extending off the 3rd and 4th floors, in addition to the underground parking garage for 200 vehicles (and electrical vehicle charging stations).
Jonathan Smith of Lake | Flato Architects, will guide the tour. He was the lead architect of the New Central Library located in the Seaholm District of Austin. The New Central Library will be – by architectural and engineering design – the best day-lit library in the country. Other sustainable features of this landmark building will be rooftop solar panel arrays, a rainwater harvesting system including a 360,000 gallon underground cistern, and a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating certificate.
Learning Objectives-Upon completion of this tour participants will be able to:
1. Discover the New Central Library’s use of demand controlled ventilation, variable air and water flow, day lighting control, extensive use of LEDs and on-site energy production
2. Explore how the facility incorporates adaptable spaces to accommodate the rapidly accelerating development of technology
3. Discuss how the use of a 200kW Photovoltaic array attributes to 30% more energy efficiency than code requires
4. Discover how the library was designed to seamlessly integrate into the eclectic local community and its lush natural surroundings