The new 40,000 sq.ft. Northeast Louisville Free Public Library, cost $17.8 million to develop and construct, and has more than 120,000 books and other materials, including audio and visual recordings. The library will provide service to more than 170,000 East End residents.
The building’s design is reminiscent of the Speed Art Museum and layers books with quiet spaces and reading areas in a modernized layout that varies from a typical library. A children’s area features a slide and stadium-style seating while there are also adult and teen gathering areas that include a mix of lounge and table seating.
The eco-friendly Northeast Regional Library project utilizes green building construction methods and materials and has been designed to save energy, improve quality of life, and reduce operating costs through such elements as daylight harvesting interior lighting, geothermal heating and underfloor air distribution.
The raised access floor system is used to supply and connect power, data and air to the different areas of the library. These services are used throughout the library including the large meeting room and an innovative hands on “makerspace” that is home to a recording studio and a demonstration kitchen. Known as the Maker Pavilion, the creative space is designed to promote innovation and houses sewing machines, a laser cutter, a 3D printer, programmable drones and musical equipment.
In addition to the ConCore raised floor panels used in the carpeted areas, a customized honed Classic Concrete STONEWORKS® finish was used in the lobby and other high traffic areas. Differing from Tate’s standard classic concrete the gray cement was replaced with white cement to lighten the panel and provide a unique custom look for the library.