S3E Engineers has been involved many library projects including new construction, additions, and renovations. Libraries have evolved over the years to be much more than buildings that house books. Modern libraries include community meeting rooms, multimedia technology, even food service. These projects often require special care in the design of HVAC systems to meet the needs of a variable occupancy load, decorative lighting to match the architect’s vision, and a flexible infrastructure to accommodate changing technology.
Demand control ventilation reduces energy use by automatically reducing the ventilation rate when the building is not fully occupied. Daylight sensors and dimmable fluorescent light fixtures automatically reduce lighting levels and energy use when ample natural light is available. Underfloor power raceways allow easy reconfiguration of the computer areas as technology evolves. Dual flush toilets and other water efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water usage over 40% compared to a facility with standard fixtures.
- National Association of Industrial Properties – 2007 Award of Excellence for the Best Building for an Institutional Facility under $20 Million
- Fairfax County Department of Public Works & Environmental Services – 2008 Capital Facilities Award of Excellence
Burke Centre Library
A split chiller minimizes impact of HVAC system noise on the building occupants and surrounding residential neighborhood. A hybrid HVAC system with overhead air distribution and supplemental perimeter heat at the storefront windows promotes occupant comfort. Specialty lighting and exposed ductwork create an unique indoor environment. It was the first LEED Certified library in the State of Virginia.
- Award of Excellence for Best Institutional Facility, National Association of Industrial + Office Properties (NAIOP)
- Award of Merit for Best Green Building, National Association of Industrial + Office Properties (NAIOP)
Fairfax City Regional Library
This library features a two story parking garage under the building, community meeting rooms, and a rare collections vault designed to maintain tightly controlled temperature and humidity year round. The HVAC system was specially designed to avoid ductwork in the areas with exposed roof structure.
England Run Library
The HVAC and lighting systems were integrated into the curved lines and various ceiling types used in this building. Daylight controls were used to reduce lighting energy consumption. The HVAC system reduces ventilation and energy consumption to match the actual occupancy.