The Champaign Public Library was housed in a facility that was built in the late 1970’s. The new 122,600 square foot building triples the size of the old 40,000 square foot facility. The new building is located north of the old building. Special attention was given to energy conservation in the new design. The new library was designed to accommodate growth beyond the planning horizon of the year 2020.
Among the many improvements included in the new building are:
- Energy-efficient underfloor heating and cooling system
- Lighting that reduces glare and eye strain
- Daylight harvesting
- Modular underfloor power system
- Quiet study areas and comfortable spaces for reading and working
- Study rooms for small-group and tutoring work
- Teen reading and study area
- Children's area and program room
- Computer workstations
- Meeting rooms for community use
- Coffee shop
Henneman Engineering was responsible for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection services as well as information technology, security and audio-visual systems. Henneman teamed with Ross Barney Architects on this project. This project won the “Special Achievement Award” from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois and also the “Honor Award for Architecture” from AIA Central Illinois.
122,600 square feet
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