EVELYN MEADOR BRANCH LIBRARY

21,000 FT²

2.9 ACRE SITE WITH CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS, RAIN GARDENS, AND BIOSWALES

31,980 GALLONS OF RAINWATER DETENTION

74,918 GALLONS OF RAINWATER RETENTION FOR ONSITE LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION

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ADVANCED STORM WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

IDEAL BUILDING ORIENTATION

DEEP ROOF OVERHANGS REDUCE AMOUNT OF SOLAR HEAT GAIN THROUGH THE GLASS

Harris County presented E+A with the program of a recently complete 40,000 square foot library hoping to incorporate all elements in a new 20,000 facility.  E+A’s design concept accommodated 75% of the prior program in 21,000 ft² by leveraging multi-use areas as well as a careful layout to reduce circulation.  Expansive views of the adjacent public park expand the customer-perceived building size and bring ample day-lighting to the reading areas. The views are shaded by deep south-east and north-west overhangs and include roll-down hurricane shutters, enabling the use of the building as an emergency hurricane shelter for the community.

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