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YEA Southwest Neighborhood Library Tour with USGBC

June 22, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am


NCC Young Engineers of ASHRAE (YEA) is joining USGBC National Capitol Region (NCR) in touring Washington, DC’s Southwest Library! Join the community to see an award-winning LEED Platinum project.

The new award-winning Southwest Library—which achieved LEED Platinum Certification for environmental design, integrating energy and water conservation strategies, and specifying environmentally responsive materials, sourced regionally—replaced the existing branch library. The first public building in Washington built using dowel laminated timber, the revived Southwest Library is considered a new civic landmark in the District of Columbia. The design incorporates mass timber that compliments both the mid-century modern architectural character of its neighborhood and the enclosure designed for another iconic community landmark, the nearby Arena Stage building. Working with structural engineering firm StructureCraft, Perkins&Will maximized the aesthetic beauty, sustainability, and efficiencies of DLT in construction.

The design concept for the Southwest Library is a “pavilion on the park.” It offers pathways that encourage the community to explore the library and embrace it as an intuitive part of the neighborhood experience. The library incorporates biophilic design, promoting a connection to nature for the user, and creating a calming and restorative feeling that promotes health and well-being. The high-performance façade captures diffused northern daylight, maximizes visibility to the building’s surroundings, optimizes energy conservation, and maintains comfort as the sun shifts by incorporating sunshades that respond to solar glare throughout the day.

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This tour has a limited capacity available. Register now so you don’t miss your chance to tour this amazing project.

If you have any event registration issues or access to the event, please contact Zach DeLuke, yea@nccashrae.org.

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June 22, 2023
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA)


Southwest Library
900 Wesley Place, SW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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