As was pointed out in an earlier blog, location is of prime importance. It is necessary to be sure the right people will frequent a business or buy a home. Just ask any realtor! However, in construction, location is also important because of the foundation of the building. If the soil conditions are too marshy, too sandy, too soft, etc., the building could shift or sink and cause the foundation and walls to crack or separate. Any of these problems, result in other building issues.
The site for the Eastern Branch Library had too much topsoil to support the building. Topsoil is malleable and not compacted. As we all know, this type of soil is perfect for growing because it allows the roots to expand. For the library, we need the soil under the building to provide a solid foundation. Thus, the topsoil was scraped away and put in a variety of areas of the park where we want plants, grass or flowers to grow. While this doesnâ€™t give us a LEED point, it certainly is healthy for our environment since we only moved the earth a short distance and then re-used it.
Here are some pictures of the site from the spot where the library will sit:
Looking south towards the ball fields
Looking towards Eastern Avenue