Evelyn Meador Library

Meador Library - Exterior
Wide exterior with parking lot - Evelyn Meador Library
Exterior irrigation drawing - Evelyn Meador Library
Wide interior view - Evelyn Meador Library
Wide interior of computer stations - Evelyn Meador Library
Ceiling - Evelyn Meador Library
Kid's area - Evelyn Meador Library
Kid's reading area - Evelyn Meador Library
  • Meador Library - Exterior
  • Wide exterior with parking lot - Evelyn Meador Library
  • Exterior irrigation drawing - Evelyn Meador Library
  • Wide interior view - Evelyn Meador Library
  • Wide interior of computer stations - Evelyn Meador Library
  • Ceiling - Evelyn Meador Library
  • Kid's area - Evelyn Meador Library
  • Kid's reading area - Evelyn Meador Library

After the only library in the area was destroyed by Hurricane Ike the City of Seabrook needed a facility that would serve as the focal point for the community. The original budget called for a 20,000 sf building, but the plan provided by the Client required a 40,000 sf facility. Through creative design and overlapping building functions whenever possible English + Associates designed a library that housed more than 75% of the program of the original 40,000sf plan while maintaining an airy and welcoming environment .

Meador Library is more than a local library; it offers more than 60 computers for public use, an 80 seat meeting room that can be utilized for after-hours activities, voting and community meeting; a children’s activity room equipped with fully functioning kitchenettes to teach kids how to cook; and a quiet room for patrons to sit, relax and read in a peaceful and quiet environment.  Essentially, it is the place where the community comes together.

Because the library is no more than 200 yards from Galveston Bay, it was designed to give a nautical feel throughout the facility. One of the primary design concepts was to maximize the views of the surrounding 6 acre park and make patrons feel that they are sitting in the park. The views are provided by generous amounts of glass, a design feature that may at first seem to be at odds in this high wind zone location.  Deep overhangs protect the glass from direct sunlight and house roll-down hurricane shutters enable the building to be used as an emergency hurricane shelter for the community.

Unaccustomed to LEED construction, Harris County was not initially interested in pursuing the green building certification.  It was during construction that The County opted to adopt the LEED standards, with the intent of attaining LEED Certification. Because English + Associates implements Green design practices from the beginning of all projects, compliance with LEED requirements, even at this late stage, required  minimal design changes with nominal cost impacts and resulted in Meador Library being awarded  LEED Gold Certification.

 

Seabrook, Texas

  • 21,000 ft²
  • $4.3M overall construction budget
  • 126,018 ft² of newly constructed wetlands, rain gardens and bioswales
    • 31,980 gallons of rainwater detention
    • 74,918 gallons of rainwater retention
  •  LEED Gold certification
    • Advanced storm water management strategy
    • Ideal building orientation
    • Deep roof overhangs reduce amount of solar heat gain through the glass