Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library Wins LEED Gold Certification

Ground was broken on Virginia Beach’s unique Joint-Use Library in June, 2011. The Tidewater Community College teamed up with the city of Virginia Beach on the $43 million project. After two years of construction, the library opened on August 17, 2013. Recently, it has received LEED Gold Certification from the

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Virginia Beach’s unique Joint-Use Library has been awarded LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, eight months after the $43 million facility opened on the Tidewater Community College campus.

A joint project of the college and the city of Virginia Beach, the 120,000-square-foot library earned its Gold-level designation for features that include motorized window shades, floor openings designed to enhance the use of natural light, advanced stormwater management techniques using retention ponds and large open spaces, and glass walls that provide views for more than 90 percent of interior spaces. The library houses more than 128,000 items, about 360 computers, a dynamic children’s room, a café, study rooms and collaborative work spaces.

In achieving LEED certification, the project team exceeded its original target. “Through great leadership and advocacy by the design architect, Carrier Johnson and RRMM, and commitment by (the Virginia Community College System) and the Gilbane construction team, the project team determined they could raise the LEED goal and aim for Gold,” explained Drew Micco, senior project manager for Gilbane Building Co., the project’s construction manager, in a statement.

For its part, Gilbane doubled the quantity of recycled and regional material used on the project from 10% to 20%, earning 2 additional points toward LEED Gold certification. “The project’s success in reaching LEED Gold demonstrates how a concerted effort by the project team can exceed original expectations without adding additional cost or time to a project,” Micco added.

Photo credits: Gilbane Building Co.