Initial programming for Seabrook's new library discovered that a 40,000 S.F. building would be required to meet the community's stated needs.  Harris County's construction budget for Meador Library only allowed for a 21,000 S.F new construction, the replacement library after Hurricane Ike destroyed the area's only library in 2008.  We were able to accommodate 75% of the original program in the allotted space while creating a dynamic learning environment, expansive views of nearby Galveston Bay and an open, airy feel.  Unaccustomed to LEED construction, Harris County was not at first 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.  Green design was fully implemented from the beginning, so compliance with LEED requirements, even at this late stage, required only minimal design changes, resulting in nominal cost impacts and a LEED Gold Certification.

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  • 21,000 ft²
  • $4.3M overall construction budget
  • 126,018 ft² of newly constructed wetlands, raingardens and bioswales
  • LEED Gold Certified