Award of Merit - Cultural

This new 25,800-sq-ft, LEED-registered branch library in north central Davenport makes sustainability a priority.

Photo: Trent Foltz Photography
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Among the green technologies implemented are cool daylighting, water management and geo-exchange, or geothermal heating and cooling. The facility features elements that create a “destination point,” including two community rooms and a Friends of the Library bookstore with café. The library has been sited in a 14-acre park designed to include bike and walking trails and an outdoor event area.

Varied soil conditions, water table and topography dictated a coordinated approach to design and installation of a foundation mat, geo-exchange field and water treatment drain within a site bounded by natural gas and high voltage electrical transmission lines.

The team worked with the city, utility companies and park district for coordinated development of infrastructure, library and park sites.

From the beginning, the library’s goal for the new branch library was for it to be a demonstrative facility of sustainable design for the community and local construction teams.

Key Players

Developer/Owner: City of Davenport, Iowa
GC: Bush Construction Co. Inc., Davenport, Iowa
Architect: Engberg Anderson Inc., Milwaukee
Civil Engineer: Missman, Stanley & Associates, Bettendorf, Iowa
Structural Engineer: Pierce Engineers Inc., Milwaukee
MEP Engineer: Henneman Engineering Inc., Champaign, Ill.