Durham Southwest Public Library Addition
The seventh branch of the Durham Public Library system, this library first opened as an approximately 10,000-square-foot space in October 1992. Project work brought the space to 25,000 square feet, featuring a public meeting room that seats 100, a children’s program room and two tutoring rooms. Designed to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, indirect natural light infiltrates the space through five roof-mounted monitors. The renovation involved removing and replacing the existing load bearing walls with new steel girders, redesigning gable end roof trusses to alter the existing façade with a new gable end truss and other structural modifications to accommodate new MEP systems. The new addition is a steel structure with a moment frame lateral system and several cantilevered entrance canopies.