Library Featuring PPG Glass Earns 2016 AIA/ALA Award
The Lawrence Public Library in Kansas was recently transformed by architects from Gould Evans.
The Lawrence Public Library in Kansas was recently transformed by architects from Gould Evans into a community showcase and an American Institute of Architects/American Library Association (AIA/ALA) 2016 Library Building Award winner. Central to the building’s revitalization was a new façade combining a high-performing terra cotta rain screen and energy-efficient SOLARBAN® 70XL glass by PPG. The materials, which envelop a 20,000 sq-ft reading room wrapped around the library’s existing concrete façade. The exterior, combined with open interior design and a more intuitive wayfinding system, reconnects the library to residents and the surrounding landscape.
With visible light transmittance of 64% in a standard 1-in. insulating glass unit, Solarban 70XL glass bathes the interior in sunlight, while the glass’ solar control performance makes it integral to the façade’s continuous insulation system. Despite being 50% larger, the refurbished structure consumes 50% less energy than before and was designed to achieve LEED® certification at the Silver level.
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