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Oak Park Joint-Use Library
Oak Park Joint-Use Library, a unique partnership between the Oak Park Unified School District and Ventura County, is the City’s first civic building. The 9,400-square-foot project offers a challenging program of balancing the needs of high school students and the public while supporting the library’s mission of being a high performance, sustainable building. The resulting design performed 27 percent better than Title 24 requirements with a simple, cost-effective plan that organized space for easy monitoring.
A key sustainable design element is the high utilization of natural light in the main reading room. By permitting reflected light and diffused daylight into the space, more than 85 percent of the light fixtures can be turned off on a sunny day. Another key element is temperature modulation through the use of mass properties of masonry. In the evening, when outdoor temperatures drop, the building is vented, drawing heat from the interior masonry walls, in effect “charging” the walls with coolness that absorbs and stores heat, reducing interior temperatures during the day.
The innovative lighting was of particular interest to the jurors. They praised the creative development of the building section and the integrated skylight slots for the library’s stack areas. The jurors characterized this project as an icon providing an inspiring example of energy-efficient design.
- Performs 27 percent better than Title 24 requirements.
Title: Principal of M.S
Company: Addison and Associates
Location: Tempe, AZ
Mr. Addison is recognized nationally as a leading expert in the practice of energy efficient building design and the professional use of detailed building energy use simulation. During his career, he has consulted on some of the nation’s most notable showcase sustainable building projects including the National Audubon Society Headquarters in New York City and the Natural Resources Defense Council office in Santa Monica, Calif. Due to his unique educational and professional experience, Mr. Addison has been selected by the U.S. DOE, LBL, PNL, NIST, and NREL to serve on a variety of panels and projects guiding federal building energy research. He also serves as clinical assistant professor and director of the Building Energy Simulation Lab at Arizona State University’s College of Design. His M.S. in Energy Efficient Building Design combined graduate course work in architecture, architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, and operations research.
Title: Vice President and Sustainable Design Principal
Location: San Francisco, CA
A nationally recognized, award-winning sustainable design leader, Ms. Mendler has contributed to numerous high profile showcase projects – three of which have been recognized by AIA as top ten Green Buildings of the Year. She serves on the US Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors and is past chair of the national AIA Committee on the Environment. The co-author of the HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, published by John Wiley & Sons, Ms. Mendler contributes regularly to industry publications and events. She holds degrees in architecture from Washington University and Pratt Institute.
Title: Professor of Architecture
Company: Cal Poly Pomona
Location: Pomona, CA
Dr. Wu has devoted more than 25 years to teaching advanced energy efficient technologies and their integration in architectural design and currently serves as director of Cal Poly’s Environmental Design Technology Unit. In addition to his involvement in committees that generate national energy standards, he has always been an advocate of the USGBC’s LEED program. As an environment and energy consultant, his clients include utility companies, private corporations, state and federal governments as well as national and international research laboratories. His research papers have been published widely in conference proceedings. Dr. Wu holds a B. A. in Architecture degree from Tamkang University in Taiwan, an M. A. in Architecture degree from University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Architecture degree from University of Michigan.
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