Washington Free Public Library

Washington, Iowa
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    City of Washington
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OPN Architect’s design for the Washington’s Free Public Library placed the library in a new building, replacing three vacant storefronts, and will serve as a catalyst for future downtown development.

The library occupies portions of three levels with approximately 10,000 square feet per floor. Meeting rooms, the reference and adult non-fiction collections, and an adult reading lounge overlooking the town square are located on the upper floor. The main level features the children’s collection, circulation services, popular materials, another reading lounge, and the adult fiction collection. The local genealogy collection and future library expansion areas are located on the lower level.

An open stairway and elevator link the three floors; as does an opening in the upper level floor which visually connects that floor with the main level. Natural light is brought into the library through glass storefronts and a skylight located above the opening in the upper floor.

Sustainable Design Features:

  • Recycled and salvaged as much interior structure as possible, including three stories of hardwood floors
  • Exploring geothermal systems for energy
  • Daylight Harvesting: by utilizing the orientation of the site, maximize the amount of light available while minimizing the amount of artificial lighting
  • Responsible use of sustainable and renewable building materials
  • Maximizing indoor air quality by using low VOC emitting products and finishes

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