South Central Regional Library

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  • DateSeptember 14, 2017
South Central Regional Library
Louisville, Kentucky

Following Louisville Free Public Library’s 2008 master plan, officials proposed three new regional libraries. The new South Central Regional Library serves approximately 160,000 residents in south central Jefferson County. The design of the new, 40,000 square foot free-standing library is similar to that of the Southwest Regional Library. The state-of-the-art facility features an abundance of natural light while viewing an acre of preserved woodland. The structure has an open layout that makes underfloor HVAC an ideal system. The building offers several small study rooms, a space for teens as well as a children’s area. Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. is proud to have been an integral part of the deign team on all three libraries.

Highlights of KGEI’s design include:

  • Energy analysis was performed to assist architect in selecting building materials.
  • Daylighting design that contributed to a 10% energy reduction.
  • Geo exchange well system utilizing water to water heat pumps and air handling units.
  • Radiant heat built into wall assembly to maximize heating efficiency in the areas with tall ceilings.
  • Lighting design included a control system to diminish artificial light when natural light was adequate for reading.
  • Mechanical mezzanine to improve maintenance access.
  • Underfloor HVAC ventilation designed to minimize energy usage in the stack area during low traffic times.