Greenburgh Public Library: Green Architecture in Westchester County (Video)

This modern green public library recently opened its doors but won’t be seeking a formal LEED rating from USGBC.

Greenburgh, New York opened its new library to the public back in December and I think you’ll agree that the architecture is pretty intriguing. Although Midtown-based Beatty, Harvey & Associates Architects incorporated a variety of sustainable design elements, the town opted not to pursue a formal LEED certification.

Specific green features include a geothermal heating and cooling system, automated lighting controls, locally-sourced materials, and a lobby floor that was built from recycled rubber tires. The town provided a tour of the project last fall which we’ve linked to via YouTube below. The $20 million, 45,000-square-foot library is located adjacent to Interstate 287 in Westchester County and actually visible from the highway itself.

Given the project’s location, it’s a interesting that BH&A partner and lead architect Salvatore Coco suggested a nautical theme through the project’s 28-foot exterior glass windows and curving, cantilevered roof. Contractor E.W. Howell required nearly two years to complete the project, which sits just west of White Plains. BH&A has designed a number of green projects in the New York City area, several of which have earned LEED certification, including the Ossining Library in Ossining, New York.

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One Response to Greenburgh Public Library: Green Architecture in Westchester County (Video)

  1. Jennifer von Spatula Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    fugly building!!