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Sequoya Branch Library

The new Sequoya Branch Library was designed to achieve LEED certification at a minimum certified level (silver) following the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Rating System.  The build-out area of this project is approximately 20,000 square feet.

The Main “Green” features include:

  • Visible Grey Water System near main public restrooms. Rainwater from roof will be diverted to the Grey Water tank, and used as a non-potable water source for the main public restrooms (flushing toilets and urinals).
  • The wall that connects the west reading area to the east children’s area is Kerei Board, manufactured from reclaimed stalks of the sorghum plant, poplar wood bonding layers and a non-emitting formaldehyde adhesive.
  • Information Kiosk that displays visual energy usage of the library in ‘real time’ or on a monthly/yearly basis. Display features could include water usage saved by plumbing fixtures, grey water system usage, and lighting controls.
  • Recycled Glass Partitions in a meandering wall dividing the different patron areas.


Other features include:  Selection of rapidly renewable, recycled/recyclable and regional materials when possible: including Kerei Board, recycled ceramic wall and floor tile, recycled carpet, recycled glass, and recycled paper countertops.  Use of low-emitting materials like adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet system, composite wood, and agrifiber products.  During construction contractors are required to recycle construction waste.  The library will operate using green cleaning and paper products, which is City policy.

Mechanical Systems include high efficiency boiler with VAV system, digital controls. Plumbing systems include small, point-of-use water heaters, automatic faucets, dual-flush toilet controls.

Electrical systems include high efficiency light fixtures, occupancy sensors, ambient sensors for daylighting control and window shading devices with ambient sensors.  All equipment purchased is Energy Star.

The library will operate using green cleaning and paper products, which is City policy.

Tours of the green design features will be available at the Library. A walking tour will be established that gives patrons a guided explanation of the materials, systems, or concepts utilized in creating a sustainable design. Small plaques will be located adjacent on onto the sustainable feature.