The renovation of the Queens Central Public Library and the 22,000-square-foot, two-story Children’s Library Discovery Center extension located in Queens, NY has been awarded LEED Gold certification status and exemplifies innovative design and operation. We worked closely with the design team and provided Environmental Design, Energy Analysis, LEED Administration, and Lighting Design services to implement a high-performance library that goes above and beyond the DDC’s High Performance Guidelines.
Atelier Ten assisted in the sustainability strategies that were implemented to the extension including a high-performance façade, 100% fresh air system, radiant floor heating, energy-efficient artificial lighting, recycled and low-emitting materials, and optimization of daylight to create a better thermal and visual environment. Optimization of the façade includes wall assembly thermal performance, minimize the window to wall ratio, and the development of low-e vision glazing and friting. High efficiency HVAC system includes enthalpy heat recovery and demand control ventilation. Energy efficient lighting with daylight harvesting controls further reduces energy use. Low-emitting furniture and furnishings and a radiant floor enhances occupant health and comfort. The goals of the Children’s Library Discovery Center were to provide a sense of wonder and curiosity for the young visitors through visually intensity use of light and materials. Our collaborative approach developed a successful and sustainable lighting design to meet the qualitative needs of the visual environment and enlivens the facility, interplaying light with surface colors and textures while providing orientation for visitors and staff.
Our team from the New York office includes Director Nico Kienzl, Associate Director Ben Shepherd, Senior Environmental Designers Bret Mantyk, Shivani Shah, and Naree Phinyawatana. Our lighting design team from the New Haven office consists of Director Mark Loeffler, Associate Director Chad Groshart, and Senior Lighting Designer Gus Sanchez.