Project: Homer Public Library Client: City of Homer Location: Homer, Alaska Type:Civic Square Footage: 17,100
The LEED®-Silver Certified Homer Public Library expresses a deep connection to the local cultural landscape through the placement and shape of the building, the spaces within its shell, and the selection of building materials. The library director said, “…the library is inspirational and beautiful! A dream come true….” Emphasis is placed on materials that provide maximum benefit to the local economy by incorporating local artistic expression and salvaged, regional products. For example, reclaimed Kenai High gym flooring was crafted into numerous reading surfaces. All interior finish materials were selected from low-emitting options. Operable windows, daylight and views are provided to all occupied building areas. The feeling of openness and light are enhanced in the main library by large timber trusses and clerestory windows. Approximately half of the site was restored to native vegetation and enhanced through trails that connect to a broader community trail system. Bioretention swales encourage natural infiltration.