Live Oak Public Libraries, Southwest Chatham Branch

Infused with natural light and vivid color schemes, this LEED Silver library is designed with many features that make it appealing for all demographics. A story room, activity room, auditorium, library store, children/youth/adult sections, computer areas, study areas, auditorium, catering kitchen, and the quiet outdoor gardens complete with water features make this addition to Chatham County’s library system stand out from the rest.

The facility’s façade features many components: metal wall panels, aluminum composite panels, louvered wall panels, stucco, brick, polished CMU, and cementitious panels. The second floor has raised access flooring creating plenum space for heating and air conditioning, cables and wiring. The roofing on the building has three parts; TPO low slope, metal roofing, and a green roof (LEED points).

• Native plants in landscaping require no irrigation systems
• Low-flow water fixtures and waterless systems in the restrooms reduce water consumption
• Occupancy and daylight sensors in the lighting system reduce energy usage
• Recycled building materials efficiently save materials from being discarded
• Regionally manufactured materials reduce the use of fossil fuels for delivery
• Low VOC adhesives, sealants and paints lower indoor air contaminates
• Individual lighting and comfort controls increase energy efficiencies
• Clerestory window areas that enhance natural daylight throughout the building