The new UTC Library opened its doors in Spring of 2015, boasting a LEED-Silver certification.
LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environment Design – is a national certification that
signifies a building is designed and built using strategies to achieve high performance
in key areas of human and environmental health. Sustainable site development, water and energy efficiency, construction and materials, and indoor environmental
quality are all components of LEED. With over 180,000 square feet, the project has
been funded at $48 million, and underwent five years of construction and design.
Janet Spraker, UTC Director of Engineering Services, notes that: “As a LEED-certified
building, the library will take advantage of daylighting opportunities to conserve
electricity. Low-flow toilets and faucets are used throughout the building, and recycling
centers are located on each floor. Water retention tanks collect rainwater and HVAC
condensate, reducing stormwater runoff.” Regional materials were used in the site
construction to the maximum extent possible, and construction materials such as concrete,
metals, and supply packaging were recycled. Energy efficient technologies such as
lighting controls, low-flow fixtures in restrooms and break areas, and virtual computers
contribute to reducing UTC's campus carbon footprint and electrical usage.
Envisioned as the premier location for student academic needs outside the classroom,
the building hosts over 55 study, learning and meeting spaces – including 24-hour
student study space; moveable compact stacks with storage for ~600,000 volumes; a
large café with a biological (green) roof; a new auditorium housing 2 lecture halls;
and many other amenities to support student learning are part of the library design.