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Location: Hendersonville, TN
Owner: City of Hendersonville
Architect: Everton, Oglesby, Askew Architects

The Hendersonville Public Library is a contemporary state-of-the-art facility which is a new concept in architecture and innovation.  This new 2-story, 38,000 SF facility contains public meeting room area, study room, periodical reading room, young adult area complete with computers specifically for teens, small kitchen, a monumental stair case from the second floor to the first floor, a children’s story-time area, and exterior reading porches.  A wing on the ground floor will be devoted to children and their activities.  The site also accommodates a generous green space “The Library Garden” which includes a greenway trail connecting the new library to an expansive park.

Interior finishes consist of acoustical ceilings, drywall, painted walls, and plastic laminate.  A variety of floor coverings in different areas of the facility include wood floors, carpet, tile, and a slate covering for the entrance foyer.  The exterior façade consists of aluminum storefront glass, face brick veneer, and hardie plank siding.

In an effort to provide a more eco-friendly facility, there were many Sustainable building elements in the new Hendersonville Public Library project. Sustainable design features included:

Low VOC paints were used throughout the new library as well. Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes.  Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint.

Waterless urinals are a revolutionary system whose chief benefits is conserving thousands of gallons of water per fixture per year. No water piping is connected to the unit, which keeps down installation and maintenance costs, as well as water and sewer bills. With no water required, flush controls, sensors to adjust flow, battery replacement and other maintenance, such as repairing leaks, also go away.

Recycled and natural materials including carpet, linoleum, slate and hardwood.
A variety of different of “green” floor coverings were installed throughout the Library which included wood flooring, recycled carpet and carpet tile, ceramic tile, and slate tile flooring for the entrance foyer.  One of the two most toxic items that affect indoor air quality is carpeting. There are over 200 chemicals present in the gas mixture given off by new carpets. Linoleum was installed in some areas which is made from all natural materials such as oxidized linseed oil and rosin which is tapped from pine trees mixed with the other raw materials to form linoleum granules, which are pressed onto a jute backing, making Linoleum sheets.  Linoleum floors contain virtually no trace of toxic material and are naturally beneficial to air quality.

Geothermal Heat Exchange heating/cooling systems are central heating and air conditioning system that actively pumps heat to or from the shallow ground.  It uses the earth as either a source of heat in the winter, or as a coolant in the summer.  This design takes advantage of moderate temperatures in the shallow ground to boost efficiency and reduce operational costs.

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