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Richard M. Daley Branch Library

Less Than 25,000SF, Building / Ground-up, $5 - $10 Million

Richard M. Daley Branch Library

Chicago, Illinois

The Richard M. Daley Branch Library is one of the first new branch libraries of the Chicago Public Library to be built using a prototype design. These branch libraries continue the Chicago Public Library’s effort to create a standardized system of neighborhood resource centers that are flexible, efficient and inspirational. These stand-alone branch libraries are replacing inefficient facilities.

  • 16,300-SF on a 1.1 acre site, one-story
  • 17 parking spaces
  • Community meeting space and computers with internet access
  • A community ‘Reading Garden’ with benches was created to benefit neighborhood residents in this low-income neighborhood
  • Achieved LEED-Gold NC 3.0
  • Utilizes geothermal systems for heating and cooling, resulting in dramatic reductions in energy consumption
  • A green roofing system was installed, consisting of individual plants, to cool the building
  • A bioswale was employed to reduce storm water run-off from the site
  • Lighting control system with occupancy and daylight sensors dramatically reduces electrical energy consumption
  • Native plants were planted that require less water
  • Public signage is displayed as an educational tool explaining some of the environmental sustainable features