Columbus Metropolitan Library - Operations Center
In August 2001, the Columbus Metropolitan Library broke ground for the new 57,135 square feet library operations center in Gahanna, Ohio. The building houses the library system’s technical, transportation and information services. With docks for six trucks, the center serves as a hub for the movement of all materials throughout the system of more than 20 library branches. With state-of-the-art technical processing, the facility allows for system-wide materials sorting and distribution. It also features two training classrooms for technical personnel. Design innovations include the use of passive solar energy and daylighting to reduce fossil fuel consumption. Provisions for expansion of the building by 40,000 square feet to eventually house administration were incorporated into the design. This award winning design received the 2003 Columbus Chapter of the AIA Sustainability honors as well as 2004 City of Gahanna (Ohio) Excellence in Design Award.
The winning project showed a good implementation of the sustainable design issues of orientation and light. The jury that selected the project for the AIA award remarked that “The orientation allowed the building to maximize the sun access through the use of south-facing windows, direct solar gain reduction, and internal transom windows to bring natural light into the core of the building.”