West Irving Library
West Irving Library is a project in Irving, Texas, that sits on a 12-acre site that consists of a fire station and water tower. The site contains native landscaping, public art, and architectural retaining walls. The single-story building is comprised of suspended slab on deck, steel frame, and brick/stucco/metal panel veneer. The library features a computer lab, business center complete with Wi-Fi access and Microsoft Smart Tables for interactive learning, and multiple reading areas, including an outdoor patio. Keeping with the Irving’s green initiative, the city council is voting to increasing the project’s LEED rating from Certified to Gold. This LEED project is equipped with a PV system that enables conversion of solar energy into electricity and makes the building a “net zero” energy consumer. The project also includes a “heads up,” real-time display that tracks the amount of energy the system is producing. The HVAC system consists of 140 geothermal wells that use energy from the earth to heat and cool the building.