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AACC’s Truxal Library Renovation Earns LEED Gold

Screen-designed windows help to control heat in the building.

The Library from Ring Road

July 2, 2013

Anne Arundel Community College has earned Gold! The U.S. Green Building Council approved a Gold Certification for New Construction and Major Renovations for the recent renovation and addition of the college’s Andrew G. Truxal Library, making it only the eighth LEED Gold-rated site in the county.

AACC renovated the existing 43,000-square-foot library, integrating it with a 32,000-square-foot addition to form the new library for the Arnold campus. Overseeing the project for AACC were James M. Taylor, director, and Joyce V. Dawson, assistant director, of AACC’s Facilities Planning and Construction Department. Both are LEED-accredited professionals. AACC’s partners in the project are:
• Ewing Cole of Philadelphia, Pa., on this high level of sustainable design;
• Hess Construction of Gaithersburg, Md., which supported LEED construction credits;
• Lutz Engineering of Wilmington, Del., which supported enhanced commissioning credits. 

“We have really enjoyed watching both our students and members of the community take advantage of the many wonderful resources our beautiful library has to offer,” said Dr. Dawn Lindsay, AACC president. “We are very dedicated to utilizing sustainable practices and resources at AACC and consider Truxal Library a real showpiece of this commitment. To have those efforts recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with a LEED gold rating is especially gratifying.”

The unique glass façade of the building that helps regulate interior lighting and temperature is one example of how new technologies can be incorporated into an eye-catching design and environmentally responsible construction. The following features integrated into the project contributed to the LEED Gold rating:
• Reuse of a previously developed site;
• Construction waste management;
• Recycled content of building materials and use of regional materials;
• Low emitting material use;
• Lighting control, use of daylight and views;
• Indoor air quality management plan;
• Thermal comfort;
• Integration of the original building into the construction;
• Availability of public transportation;
• Accommodation for bikes;
• Innovative storm water management including a bio retention pond and pervious pavers;
• Use of a green roof;
• Light pollution reduction;
• Water use reduction through effective landscaping and low-use facilities;
• Energy performance;
• Enhanced building commissioning.

Incorporating as many environmentally responsible practices as possible within the project budget and schedule was a large challenge to the project team on this renovation/addition. The library also recently received the Energy and Environmental Design Award for lighting design excellence by the IES Philadelphia Section. AACC is committed to green practices and considers the library to be another important step to support sustainability on the campus.

LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is recognized as the building industry credential indicating innovation in creating “cutting-edge, high-performance buildings, homes and neighborhoods.”