Southwest Regional Library
Following Louisville Free Public Library’s 2008 master plan, officials proposed three new regional libraries that would each serve about 100,000 residents within a five-mile radius. The design team began work on the first new, 40,000 square foot free-standing library in 2013. Southwest Regional Library’s open layout features a computer area with internet access, a job shop, two large meeting rooms, several smaller reading rooms, interactive learning stations for children and a dedicated teen area. The facility is LEED Gold Certified. Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. is proud to have been an integral part of the design team.
Highlights of KGEI’s design include:
- Iterative energy analysis to assist architect in selecting building materials.
- Maintenance conscientious design with equipment installed on the ground.
- While site size did not permit a 100% geothermal system, the building HVAC was designed to use the geothermal system as the first stage of heating and cooling and a traditional refrigerant system was used as the second stage.
- Geothermal system utilized a one pipe system to minimize initial cost.
- Underfloor HVAC ventilation designed to minimize energy usage in the stack area during low traffic times. Increased visits during construction to ensure floor system installation maintained good indoor air quality.
- Lighting design included a control system to minimize artificial light when natural light was adequate for reading.